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Avaliação Psicológica

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COUTINHO, Maria da Penha de Lima; OLIVEIRA, Marcelo Xavier de; PEREIRA, Denise Reinaldo  and  SANTANA, Inayara Oliveira de. Psychometric Indicators of Children's Depression Inventory and Childhood Sample. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.2, pp. 269-276. ISSN 1677-0471.

This study aimed for the verification of validity, fidedignity and normalization aspects of the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) for a children and teenagers population sample in the city of Teresina, PI. Seven hundred and thirty scholars participated in the study with ages ranging from nine to seventeen (M=13.6; DP=2.45), being 55.7% female. It was made a factor analysis based on the Maximum Likelihooh method - ML and the results indicated anunifactor solution, consisted by seventeen items. The structure explained 22.56% of total variance, with a internal consistency indicator of α=0.82 (Cronbach’s alpha). It is suggested a cut-off point of sixteen to be used as screening in the identification of these psychoaffective changes. Results revealed the instrument possess acceptable psychometric parameters to the unifactor structure kept and reinforce its validity and utility in the identification of depressive symptoms in the juvenille context.

Keywords : child depression; psychometric measurement; children's depression inventory (CDI).

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