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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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Abstract

YOSHIDA, Elisa Medici Pizão  and  SILVA, Fernanda Robert de Carvalho Santos. Symptoms Assessment Scale-40 (EAS-40): validity and reliability in a non clinical sample. Psicol. Esc. Educ. (Impr.) [online]. 2007, vol.11, n.1, pp.89-99. ISSN 2175-3539.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-85572007000100009.

The EAS-40 is a 40 items, sef-report scale designed to evaluate psychopathological symptoms and it was adapted from the Symptom Checklist-90-R (SCL-90-R) to Brazilian outpatiens of general hospitals.The aim was to estimate the test-retest reliability and the criterion validity of the EAS-40 to a non clinical population. The sample, composed by 113 college students (99 F and 14 M), answered to the EAS-40 and to the Brazilian version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS) (external criterion). Results suggested that the EAS-40 can be a useful instrument to evaluate colleges' psychological symptoms with good temporal stability. It allows discriminating populations with different profiles. As to the concurrent validity, results showed that the EAS-40 dimensions are diversely correlated to the various TAS components. New researches, involving a more balanced sample concerning to participants' gender must be carried out.

Keywords : Psychoticism; Anxiety; Somatization; Symptoms severity.

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