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Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo)

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ROCHA, Sérgio de Figueiredo; DIAS-NETO, Emmanuel  and  GATTAZ, Wagner Farid. Music performance anxiety: translation, adaptation and validation of the Kenny Music Performance Anxiety Inventory (K-MPAI) to the Portuguese language. Rev. psiquiatr. clín. [online]. 2011, vol.38, n.6, pp.217-221. ISSN 0101-6083.

BACKGROUND: Musical performance demands high-leveled coordination, concentration, motor- and memory-skills, making it particularly susceptible to anxiety states. Researches in this field have advanced significantly with the development of specific instruments to evaluate music performance anxiety, such as the Kenny Music Performance Anxiety Inventory (K-MPAI). OBJECTIVES: The present study has the objective of translating, adapting and validating the K-MPAI to the Portuguese language. METHODS: After the written consent given by the author of the original K-MPAI scale, the K-MPAI scale was translated and validated for Portuguese idiom. The Portuguese-version of K-MPAI was then applied to 218 amateur and professional musicians of both genders. For the concurrent validation, the validated Portuguese-version of the State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) was used. RESULTS: Analysis of the internal consistency demonstrated a Cronbach's alpha = 0.957, with p < 0.001, replicated with p = 0.378 and the concurrent validation with the State Trait Anxiety Inventory, demonstrated a Cronbach's alpha = 0.642 and p < 0.001. DISCUSSION: The study allows evaluating data samples with high levels of reliability and replicability, which translates this study based on an unbiased sample and replicable to other populations. The concurrent validation between K-MPAI and IDATE, allows inferring that the scales are comparable in their capability of measuring anxiety levels in musicians.

Keywords : K-MPAI; translation; validation studies; performance anxiety; music performance.

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