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Psychometric properties of a Swedish version of the reinforcement sensitivity theory of personality questionnaire
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1508-9621
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4116-5501
2019 (English)In: Nordic Psychology, ISSN 1901-2276, E-ISSN 1904-0016, Vol. 71, no 2, p. 134-145Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The reinforcement sensitivity theory of personality questionnaire (RST-PQ) is based on a theoretical analysis of the revised reinforcement sensitivity theory. Using a Swedish sample stratified by age and gender, the aim of this study was to test the six-factor structure of a Swedish version of the RST-PQ. Further, we examined the convergent and discriminant validity of the questionnaire. The results of the confirmatory factor analysis showed that the Swedish version did not fully provide support for the six-factor structure. An attempt to improve the model fit resulted in a significantly better model fit for a six-factor structure containing 52 items. Issues concerning the convergent validity were found, as indicated by all six factors having more than 50% of the variance due to error. The discriminant validity was satisfactory for all factors, except for goal-drive persistence and reward interest, which were highly correlated. This indicates a non-independence between these two factors in the model. Nevertheless, the RST-PQ has considerable promise and more emphasis should be put on investigating the convergent validity by using for example broader samples, stratified by country of origin, age, and gender. 

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2019. Vol. 71, no 2, p. 134-145
Keywords [en]
confirmatory factor analysis, convergent validity, discriminant validity, reinforcement sensitivity theory
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35158DOI: 10.1080/19012276.2018.1516563ISI: 000467825200006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057324600OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-35158DiVA, id: diva2:1269665
Available from: 2018-12-11 Created: 2018-12-11 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved

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