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Avaliação Psicológica

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GOMES, Alexandra et al. Validation Study of the Need for Cognition Scale with a Portuguese sample. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.2, pp. 179-192. ISSN 1677-0471.

There is no consensus regarding the structure of the Need for Cognition scale (short version) of Cacioppo, Petty and Kao (1984). The present study aims to examine the fator structure of the scale of 18 items in a Portuguese sample of 344 individuals with similar distribution among gender. 45.3 have secondary education. The results of the exploratory analysis trifatorial show a structure with high internal consistency, which ensures the application to the Portuguese population. Individuals with a greater need for cognition appear to be those who attain higher educational levels. However they didn’t attain the occupations of higher qualification. We reiterate the urgent need to further examine this issue, including its relationship with other cognitive processes.

Keywords : need for cognition; fator analysis; adaptation; scale.

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