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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SISTO, Fermino Fernandes et al. Differential items functioning to assess aggressiveness in college students. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2008, vol.21, n.3, pp. 474-481. ISSN 1678-7153.

In this research evidences of construct validity were searched analyzing the differential functioning items related to aggressiveness. The participants were 445 college students of both genders, attending the courses of Engineering, Computing and Psychology. The scale of aggressiveness composed by 81 items was collectively applied, in the classroom, to the students who consented to participate in the study. The items of the instrument were studied by means of the Rasch model. Twenty-eight items presented differential functioning item, 15 were characterized as typical for females and 13 for males. The reliability coefficients were 0.99 to the items and 0.86 to the persons. It was concluded that the aggressiveness can be measured separately on the basis of gender.

Keywords : Agressive behaviors; higher education; differential items functioning.

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