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Avaliação Psicológica

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TOMAS, José M et al. Measuring self-esteem in Spanish adolescents: Equivalence across gender and educational levels. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.3, pp. 385-393. ISSN 1677-0471.

Rosenberg's self-esteem scale (RSES) has been applied in many areas of psychology, highlighting the interest in the study of gender differences and educational level. At the same time, there was a methodological debate on its psychometric properties. Evidence points at a scale measuring a single trait confounded by a method factor associated to negatively worded items. The aim of the study is to examine RSES differences due to gender and educational level at the factor level, while controlling for the presence of method effects, in Spanish students. A completely a priori model was separately tested in four subsamples: college men and women, and high school men and women, and an invariance routine implemented for them. The primary conclusions are that the scale measures equally well in the four samples, and there were no latent mean differences due to gender or educational level

Keywords : invariance routine; Rosenberg’ self-esteem scale; gender and educational level differences.

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