Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Teacher-Version of the Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales

Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Teacher-Version of the Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales

Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Teacher-Version of the Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales

Poster presentation52Ricardo Barroso, University of Porto, Portugal

Room P2Fri 14:30 - 15:15

Research in psychology has evolved over the decades creating a movement of greater emphasis on the assessment of strengths and positive characteristics, rather than focusing on risk factors and the diagnosis of pathology. The Social-Emotional Assets and Resilience Scale (SEARS) is an instrument for assessing the children’s strengths, resilience and adaptability in daily life, presenting a form completed by teachers. This study presents the factorial structure of the Portuguese version of teacher-report of SEARS and examines its psychometric properties, namely internal consistency and convergent validity, with a sample of 235 children (116 boys and 119 girls) aged between 5 and 10 years (M= 7.51, SD = 1.63). The factorial structure suggested by Merrell et al. (2011) was tested through a Confirmatory Factor Analyzes, with 41 items making up four factors (responsibility, social competence, self-regulation, and empathy). The first factor (α= .92) was labeled empathy related child’s ability to understand to empathize with others’ situations and feelings. The second factor (α= .89) was labeled Social Competence and consisted of nine items related to child’s ability to maintain friendships with his or her peers, engage in affective verbal communication, and feel comfortable around group of peers. The third factor (α= .90) was labeled Responsibility and its concerning to student’s ability to accept responsibility, behave conscientiously, and ability to think before acting. Lastly, the fourth factor (α= .91) was labeled Self Regulation with seven items related to child’ self-awareness, metacognition, interpersonal insight, self-management, and direction. In general, our findings support a final structure of 40 items divided into four subscales and provides evidence on the psychometric quality of this instrument. Limitations and future research needs are discussed.
Co-authors: Andreia Azeredo, Patrícia Figueiredo, Fernando Barbosa

Assessment and treatment of young and/or adolescent offenders
children, psychometric proprieties, SEARS
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