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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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TEIXEIRA, Maria Luisa Mendes; SAMBIASE, Marta Fabiano; JANIK, Michael  and  BILSKY, Wolfgang. Characteristic features of brazilians' basic values. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.2, pp. 139-152. ISSN 1984-6657.

The Basic Values Theory has been validated in various countries. Depending on the respective population and sample, however, somewhat different empirical configurations have been found. In Brazil, some studies have been conducted, though with unrepresentative samples, and their results do not converge. This study aimed to analyze the empirical structure of Brazilians' values, using a representative sample, with 3,774 respondents. Data were collected face-to-face by interviewers who applied the Portrait Values Questionnaire (PVQ-21). Data analysis consisted of confirmatory multidimensional scaling based on a specific design matrix derived from the Basic Values Theory. Based on previous studies, three research hypotheses were proposed that related to the grouping and distribution of the values in the empirical structures. These hypotheses were partially supported. Benevolence values were located inside the circle, and those of Universalism toward the outside. The values of Hedonism and Stimulation collapsed into a single region. Conformity values filled the region adjacent to the values of Tradition and Security. The circular distribution of values suggests that the empirical structure of Brazilians' values tends to assume features of economically and socially developed societies.

Keywords : basic values; empirical structure of values; Brazilians' values.

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