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Avaliação Psicológica

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PEREIRA, Alice Amélia de Freitas; BARBOSA-DUCHARNE, Maria  and  TEIXEIRA, Pedro M. Psychometric properties of the Parental Functioning Perception Scale – Mother and Father. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.3, pp. 447-455. ISSN 1677-0471.

This study aimed to validate the Parental Functioning Perception Scale – Mother and Father (EPFP), as the Portuguese language version of the Spanish scale Estilos Educativos Materno y Paterno (Maternal and Paternal Educational Styles). A sample of 605 college students participated, equally divided by gender, who responded to the EPFP regarding the two parental figures. The original factorial structure (which was composed of six dimensions, adapted, with some items removed), showed good adjustment indexes (confirmatory factor analysis) and acceptable internal consistency values ranging from α=0.81 to 0.95. Despite being significantly correlated, statistically significant differences were found between the perceptions of the dimensions of maternal and paternal parental functioning. Mothers were considered to be more affectionate, communicative, good-humored and trustworthy, while encouraging autonomy, and less controlling than fathers. The EPFP proved to be a valid and reliable instrument in the assessment of the adolescents’ perception of maternal and paternal parental functioning.

Keywords : test validity; education; parent-child relations; adolescents.

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