Comparison of the Emotional Indicators of the Pfister Test between Boys and Girls from Ceará-Brazil

Comparação dos Indicadores Emocionais do Teste de Pfister entre Meninos e Meninas Cearenses

La Comparación de los Indicadores Emocionales del Test de Pfister entre Niños y Niñas Cearenses

Lucila Moraes Cardoso Luana Batista Bessa Rebeca de Moura Targino About the authors


The increasing need for psychological instruments characterized by scientific rigor, with their psychometric qualities confirmed, drives the development of studies that seek evidence of validity for psychological tests. The aim of this study was to seek evidence of validity for the Pfister Test by comparing the sexes. The study was carried out with 197 children from the city of Ceará, 46% male and 54% female, using the Pfister Colored Pyramids Test as the main instrument and the Raven Colored Progressive Matrices Test as an instrument to screen the intellectual performance of the participants. After statistical analysis and interpretation of the data, predominance in the choice of blue, green and black colors was observed in the boys, especially regarding darker tones, which may indicate emotion-related control. The girls made more frequent use of the colors violet and red, both in the lightest tones, which culturally refers to femininity and may suggest impulsivity. It was concluded that there are statistically significant differences in color choices between boys and girls, which can be comprehended as a contribution to the evidence of validity studies of the Pfister Test.

Test validity; Color Pyramid Test; gender

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