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Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Print version ISSN 2237-6089

Abstract

BORSA, Juliane Callegaro  and  BANDEIRA, Denise Ruschel. The Peer Aggressive and Reactive Behaviors Questionnaire (PARB-Q): evidence of validity in the Brazilian context. Trends Psychiatry Psychother. [online]. 2014, vol.36, n.2, pp.89-100. ISSN 2237-6089.  https://doi.org/10.1590/2237-6089-2013-0051.

Objective:

To evaluate the psychometric properties of the Brazilian version of the Peer Aggressive and Reactive Behaviors Questionnaire (PARB-Q), a self-report instrument comprising two independent scales that assess aggressive behavior and reactions to peer aggression.

Method:

A total of 727 elementary schoolchildren aged 8-13 years (52% boys) were included. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were used to evaluate the factor structure.

Results:

The Brazilian version of the PARB-Q was consistent with the original version. The results of the exploratory factor analyses (EFA) indicated a one-factor solution for the first scale (Peer Aggression Scale) and a three-factor solution (Reactive Aggression, Seeking Teacher Support, and Internalizing Reaction) for the Reaction to Peer Aggression Scale. The confirmatory analyses for both scales yielded good fit indices.

Conclusion:

The results of the statistical analyses suggested adequate psychometric properties and satisfactory validity and reliability of the Brazilian version of the PARB-Q, making it a useful tool for assessing aggressive behavior as well as children's reactions to aggression by their peers.

Keywords : Assessment; aggression; child; validation; questionnaire.

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