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DUCHARNE, Maria Adelina Barbosa. Evaluation of self-perceived competence: A Portuguese adaptation of the PSPCSA. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2004, vol.9, n.2, pp.137-145. ISSN 2175-3563.

The Pictorial Scale of Perceived Competence and Social Acceptance for Young Children has been used widely by researchers and practicians interested in young children’ self-perception. Considering both the advantages of a reliable and valid instrument of young children self-perception assessment, and that a sound use of this scale with children different from the original sample requires a diligent work of adaptation, the present study was designed to adapt the PSPCSA to the cultural features of a Portuguese population. Participants, instrument development, procedures and results will be presented as well as the discussion of the implications of the results obtained in the utilization of this instrument with Portuguese preschool children. The Portuguese version of the PSPCSA shows some differences from the original American, especially in what concerns factorial structure: the pattern found being quite different. The psychometrics qualities of the Portuguese version are considered very acceptable and the included changes appear indispensable.

Keywords : Self-development; Preschool children; Evaluation of self-perceived competence; Portuguese adaptation; PSPCSA.

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