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Psico-USF

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CERQUEIRA, Márcia Maria Magrille de  and  NASCIMENTO, Elizabeth do. Construction and validation of Parental Health Locus of Control Scale. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.2, pp.253-263. ISSN 1413-8271.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-82712008000200012.

The purpose of this research was to adapt an assessment scale of the parental health locus of control to the brazilian context. Initially, direct and back translations of the scales developed by Tinsley and Holtgrave (1989) were done. Throughout the investigative process (judge, semantic and psychometric analyses) the need to create new items showed up leading to a new scale called Parental Health Locus of Control Scale (PHLCS). Each of the investigative stages had a particular sample. The main sample was constituted of 266 carers (average age=35.17 years old) .The last 18 items of the PHLSC were discriminative. The accuracy ratings (Cronbach's alpha) for the three dimensions of the PHLCS were between 0.67 and 0.80. The factor validity indicated that the scale is not unidimentional. Descriptive statistics of the ratings are depicted as a reference to those professionals who might want to use them.

Keywords : Scale; Validity; Reability.

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