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Avaliação Psicológica

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NUNES, Marília; LOUREIRO, Cybelle Maria Veiga; LOUREIRO, Maurício Alves  and  HAASE, Vitor Geraldi. TRANSLATION AND CONTENT VALIDATION OF A BATTERY OF TESTS TO EVALUATE AMUSIA. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.2, pp. 211-232. ISSN 1677-0471.

This study aimed to perform a cultural adaptation of the Montreal Battery of Evaluation of Amusia - MBEA, which constitutes a battery of tests that evaluates musical functions, in order to adapt them to the population of Brazilian adolescents. Research was conducted in three stages: conceptual equivalence, items equivalence and semantic equivalence. The study included 20 non-expert judges and 6 expert judges, responsible for assessing the items of MBEA and their constructs. In the analysis of content, there were high rates of agreement among the judges, except for the constructs of scale and intervals. Considering focus groups, it was observed that adolescents associated the items with classical music, but this did not affect their understanding of the test. Concerning cultural equivalence, 70% of the items had high rates of agreement among judges. Regarding semantic equivalence, there were no significant differences between the back translation and the original version. We conclude to be appropriate to maintain the original items of the test because, in addition to being comprehensible to the target population, they are made within the Western tonal system, which is used in both cultures.

Keywords : MBEA; Amusia; music perception; theoretical analysis of items.

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