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Avaliação Psicológica

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BORSA, Juliane Callegaro; RODRIGUES, Andrea Jannotti Nogueira; BIENEMANN, Bheatrix  and  DAMASIO, Bruno Figueiredo. Positivity Scale: initial validity evidence for Brazilian adolescents. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.16, n.3, pp. 301-309. ISSN 1677-0471.

Positivity refers to an individual's willingness to positively evaluate various aspects of life. Studies demonstrate the beneficial effects of positivity on people's lives in various domains, including work performance and social relationships. In adolescence, positivity is an important protective factor for healthy development. This study presents initial validity evidence of the Positivity Scale (PS) for a sample of 638 Brazilian adolescents (67.7% female, mean age = 15.19, SD = 2.40). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses indicated a single factor solution for PS, corroborating its original structure. Convergent validity was evidenced by moderate positive correlations between PS and indicators of hope, optimism, self-esteem, and mental health. This study expands the validity evidence of PS in the Brazilian context and offers a new tool for the studies of Positive Psychology developed with adolescents.

Keywords : Positive Psychology; Adolescents; Positivity; Validity Evidence.

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