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Psicologia para América Latina

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GOMES, Marco Antonio; DELLAZZANA-ZANON, Letícia Lovato; BAPTISTA, Makilim Nunes  and  PALLINI, Ana Celi. Reasons for Living Scale (EMVIVER): Process for Constructing of Items. Psicol. Am. Lat. [online]. 2020, n.34, pp.207-220. ISSN 1870-350X.

The aim of this study whas to present the construction of the items of a new psychometric instrument called Reasons for Living Scale (EMVIVER) from the Positive Psychology view. Participated in the study 107 students from a city in the state Minas Gerais, with a mean age of 26.20 years (SD = 9.90), mostly female. The open question was triggering "What are your reasons for living?" The content of the participants responses was assessed qualitatively and the results pointed to the construction of clumped items on five factors, named according to literature on: (a) Significant Relationships; (b) Attraction for Life; (c) Plans for the future; (d) Related Aspects to self and (e) Virtues. From the construction of the items, the psychometric properties of the scale will be tested in an adequate sample size in a future study, in order to evaluate whether the theoretical categories support the scale.

Keywords : qualitative research; positive psychology; instrument construction.

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