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BETANCOURT OCAMPO, Diana et al. Assessment of positive development in Mexican adolescents: Exploratory study. Cienc. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.12, n.2, pp.261-269. ISSN 1688-4094.

The objective of this study was to design and measure psychometrically an instrument that assesses the positive development of Mexican adolescents. To this end, a non-probabilistic sample of 400 adolescents, selected from secondary school students, 57% were men and 43% were women, with an average age of 13.52 years. Based on the review of the literature, an instrument was designed based on the proposal of Lerner (2004), which comprises 59 items that are grouped into five scales Likert type that evaluate the five characteristics of positive development: Competence (13 items, α= .809), Care (6 items, α= .672), Confidence (11 items, α= .837), Connection (17 items, α=.920) and Character (12 items, α= .854). The results showed that the instrument has adequate psychometric properties. The discussion analyzes the utility of the instrument in the Mexican adolescent population for the assessment of positive development and as an instrument to evaluate the effectiveness of programs promoting healthy development in adolescents

Keywords : positive development; adolescents; psychological assessment; measurement; scale.

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