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Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry

Print version ISSN 1516-4446On-line version ISSN 1809-452X


SPERB, William et al. The latent structure of the Young Schema Questionnaire-Short Form. Braz. J. Psychiatry [online]. 2019, vol.41, n.6, pp.530-534.  Epub Feb 18, 2019. ISSN 1516-4446.


The current study aimed to examine the latent structure of a web-based, Brazilian Portuguese version of the Young Schema Questionnaire-Short Form (YSQ-SF).


The sample consisted of 15,557 adult participants – 4,702 men and 10,855 women – with age ranging from 18 to 60 years. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to test the a priori conceptual 15-factor model presumed to underlie the YSQ-SF item set.


Most items displayed high levels of reliability (factor loadings greater than 0.7) and low liability to random measurement error (residual variances below 0.02), indicating that the a priori YSQ-SF factor structure is adequate.


These findings offer empirical evidence supporting YSQ-SF construct validity and, consequently, its application in adults.

Keywords : Young Schema Questionnaire; schema therapy; construct validity; web survey; structural equation analysis.

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