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Psychometric Properties of the Deviant Behavior Variety Scale in Young Spanish Adults

Aitana Gomis-Pomares1, Lidón Villanueva1, and Miguel Basto-Pereira2

1 Universitat Jaume I and
2 William James Center for Research, ISPA

Background: Deviant behavior is a psychosocial problem that has attracted great interest from both the scientific community and society at large due to its prevalence and negative consequences. Valid, reliable measures of deviant behaviors are critical for providing a better understanding of their causes and outcomes. The central aim of the present study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Deviant Behavior Variety Scale (DBVS) in a sample of young Spanish adults. Method: Participants comprised 490 young adults (62.4% female) aged between 18 and 20 years old (M= 18.90; SD= .77). Results: Confirmatory factor analyses yielded a single-factor structure model of DBVS showing, in general, satisfactory or good fit indexes. Moreover, convergent validity was confirmed by assessing correlations between deviant behavior (r = .77) and psychopathy (r = .45), showing that both variables were correlated. Intraclass reliability (ICC) results demonstrated the test-retest reliability of the DBVS, and Kuder-Richardson 20 (KR-20 = .79) showed appropriate internal item consistency. Conclusions: This study found that the Spanish version of DBVS presented promising psychometric properties supporting it is a reliable, valid measure for assessing young adults‚ involvement in deviant behaviors.

Propiedades Psicométricas de la Escala de Conducta Transgresora en Adultos Jóvenes Españoles. Antecedentes: la conducta transgresora es un problema psicosocial que ha despertado un gran interés tanto en la comunidad científica como en la sociedad en general dada la alta prevalencia y sus consecuencias negativas. Así pues, medir de forma válida y fiable la conducta transgresora es fundamental para proporcionar una mejor comprensión de sus causas y consecuencias. El presente estudio evaluó las propiedades psicométricas de la Deviant Behavior Variety Scale (DBVS) en una muestra de adultos jóvenes españoles. Método: los participantes fueron 490 adultos jóvenes (62,4% mujeres) con edades entre los 18 y 20 años (M= 18.90; SD= .77). Resultados: el análisis factorial confirmatorio evidenció un modelo de estructura unifactorial de la DBVS que mostró índices de ajuste entre satisfactorios y buenos. Se confirmó la validez convergente al evaluar las correlaciones entre la conducta antisocial (r = .77) y la psicopatía (r = .45). Los resultados de la fiabilidad intraclase (ICC) evidenciaron la fiabilidad test-retest del DBVS, y el Kuder-Richardson 20 (KR-20 = .79) mostró una consistencia interna adecuada de los ítems. Conclusiones: este estudio evidencia que la versión española del DBVS presenta propiedades psicométricas prometedoras, mostrando que es una medida fiable y válida para evaluar la conducta transgresora en adultos jóvenes.

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