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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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BUENO, José Maurício Haas  and  CARVALHO, Lucas de Francisco. A review of the Romantic Jealousy Inventory (RJI). Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.3, pp. 435-444. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722012000300003.

The aim of this study was to review the Romantic Jealousy Inventory in an attempt to obtain an instrument with better psychometric properties. The reviewed instrument was administered to 201 undergraduate students of both sexes. An exploratory factor analysis revealed a primary structure with six factors: Non-Contact with Partner, Partner-Rival Contact, Partner Assault, Rival Assault, Self-Esteem and Investigation. A second-order factor analysis indicated the unidimensionality of the six primary factors. Reliability (α) ranged from .55 (Investigation) to .91 (General Factor). Therefore, the scale presents validity based on internal structure, but reliability was influenced by the low number of items in some factors. However, the scale may be recommended to be used in research, especially for an overall assessment of romantic jealousy.

Keywords : Psychological assessment; psychometrics; jealousy.

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