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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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NASCIMENTO, Elizabeth do; COUTINHO, Ana Cecília Araújo Morais; ANDRADE, Jéssica Evelyn de  and  MENDONCA, Lívia Maria Maia. Cross-cultural adaptation of the Workplace Deviance Scale (WDS) for the brazilian context. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.4, pp. 384-396. ISSN 1984-6657.

Among the group of organizational behaviors related to job performance are those called counter-productive, i.e., that cause damage or harm to the organization and colleagues (co-workers, clients, suppliers, etc.). Considering the growing social and scientific interest in the subject and the lack of research in the Brazilian context, the aim of this study is to describe the process of cross-cultural adaptation and the psychometric study of a scale for assessment of counter productive behaviors in the workplace, called the Workplace Deviance Scale (WDS).To do so, the recommendations outlined in the literature on adaptation of measurement instruments were followed, and primary evidence of validity (semantic, internal and convergent structure) was investigated. To achieve the proposed objectives, two studies were conducted. The first one included the adaptation and semantic validity survey, and the second study, the psychometric analysis of the adapted version. The first study had three specialists and a sample of workers (n = 20). For the psychometric study, data were collected (n = 467) electronically and in-person. Equivalence was established between the original and adapted versions with evidence of semantic validity. Evidence of validity based on internal and convergent structure was found. Among three estimated precision indexes, two were satisfactory. The Brazilian version of the scale became entitled WDS-BR.

Keywords : Cultural adaptation; counterproductive work behaviors; factor analysis.

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