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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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GUERRA, Valeschka M.  and  GOUVEIA, Valdiney V.. Sexual liberalism / conservatism: proposal of a multi-factorial measurement. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.1, pp.43-53. ISSN 0102-7972.

This study aims at presenting a multi-factorial measurement of sexual liberalism/conservatism. New items were added to the Sexual Attitudes Questionnaire and two studies were developed. During the first study, the participants answered the Sexual Attitudes Questionnaire, divided in two sub-scales (Self and Other), and demographic questions. The results of the exploratory factor analysis showed a general factor of sexual liberalism/conservatism. In the second study, the participants answered the Sexual Liberalism/Conservatism Questionnaire (SLCQ), the Moral Conservatism Scale, the Moral Traditionalism Scale and demographic questions. By means of a confirmatory factorial analysis, the multi-factorial structure of the SLCQ was confirmed, revealing acceptable indexes of goodness-of-fit. The Cronbach's Alpha found to the second order factors were .88 (Self) and .90 (Other). All factors of liberalism correlated themselves with each other and with the conservatism and traditionalism scales, corroborating the convergent validity of the psychometric instrument, wich proved its adequacy for use in the Brazilian context.

Keywords : Sexual liberalism; sexual conservatism; psychometric instrument.

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