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Avaliação Psicológica

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HEREDIA, Daniel; PIEMONTESI, Sebastián; FURLAN, Luís  and  PEREZ, Edgardo. Adaptation of the coping with pre-exams anxiety and uncertainty scale: (COPEAU). Aval. psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 1677-0471.

A Coping with Pre - exams Anxiety and Uncertainty Measure (COPEAU) has been adapted to be used on Argentinean university students. COPEAU (Stöber, 2004) is a self-report consisting of 21 items grouped into three scales: problem oriented coping, social support seeking, and avoidance. The items were translated from English to Spanish and the Spanish version was administered to a two hundred and ninety-four student from different careers in the National University of Cordoba , Argentina. Factor Analysis supported two alternative solutions. One preserved the original three-factor structure, the other one showed a four-factor structure, differentiating two categories in the social support scale: emotional and instrumental, both congruent with coping theory. Though both solutions showed good internal consistency levels, the three-factor structure was chosen for being closer to the instrument's author proposal. Aditionally, external validity evidences related to gender and academic performance were analyzed.

Keywords : Coping; Test anxiety; Exploratory factor analysis; Tests adaptation.

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