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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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COSTA, Julio Cezar Albuquerque da et al. Academic stress scale: assessing the stability of psychometric paramaeters in the COVID-19 pandemic. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2022, vol.22, n.1, pp. 1867-1876. ISSN 1984-6657.

Academic stress negatively impacts the lives of university students. The present study proposed to investigate a possibility of a new day-to-day routine, derived from the Covid-19 pandemic, impacting the psychometric parameters of the Academic Stress Scale (EEA). For this purpose, two samples of university students were involved. The first was pre-pandemic, with 306 subjects participating (collected in 2018). The second had 337 subjects, being called in-pandemic (collected between 2020 and 2021). Initially, we sought to study the individual parameters of the items and validate the instrument's factor in the contexts studied. The results point to similar discrimination and difficulty parameters, with equal factorial structure and excellent fit indices. Finally, we sought to investigate the instrument's factorial invariance and the differential functioning of the items. The findings indicate configurable and metric invariance for students in single and mixed shifts. Differential functioning was found in two moments, with a low impact on the instrument.

Keywords : academic stress; scale; COVID-19.

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