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Title: Scenes for Social Information Processing in Adolescence: Item and factor analytic procedures for psychometric appraisal
Authors: Vagos, Paula 
Rijo, Daniel 
Santos, Isabel M. 
Keywords: Adolescent; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Female; Humans; Male; Psychometrics; Young Adult; Mental Processes; Psychological Tests; Psychology, Adolescent; Social Behavior; Social Perception
Issue Date: 2016
Project: This work was funded by a research scholarship by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal and the European Social Fund (SFRH / BPD / 72299 / 2010) 
Serial title, monograph or event: Psychological Assessment
Volume: 28
Issue: 4
Abstract: Relatively little is known about measures used to investigate the validity and applications of social information processing theory. The Scenes for Social Information Processing in Adolescence includes items built using a participatory approach to evaluate the attribution of intent, emotion intensity, response evaluation, and response decision steps of social information processing. We evaluated a sample of 802 Portuguese adolescents (61.5% female; mean age = 16.44 years old) using this instrument. Item analysis and exploratory and confirmatory factor analytic procedures were used for psychometric examination. Two measures for attribution of intent were produced, including hostile and neutral; along with 3 emotion measures, focused on negative emotional states; 8 response evaluation measures; and 4 response decision measures, including prosocial and impaired social behavior. All of these measures achieved good internal consistency values and fit indicators. Boys seemed to favor and choose overt and relational aggression behaviors more often; girls conveyed higher levels of neutral attribution, sadness, and assertiveness and passiveness. The Scenes for Social Information Processing in Adolescence achieved adequate psychometric results and seems a valuable alternative for evaluating social information processing, even if it is essential to continue investigation into its internal and external validity.
DOI: 10.1037/pas0000194
Rights: openAccess
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