International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 20 Num. 2 - June 2020


Psychometric Properties and Measurement Invariance of the Generalized Tracking Questionnaire-Children

Volume 20 Num. 2 - June 2020 - Pages 177-188


Espitia Pereira CA , Ayala Ávila JM , García Martín MB , Suárez Falcón JC , Ruiz FJ


Self-report measures of generalized patterns of rule-following are being developed in the last years including the Generalized Pliance Questionnaire (GPQ) and the Generalized Tracking Questionnaire (GTQ). Specifically, the GTQ is a 11-item self-report developed for adults that has shown excellent psychometric properties, a one-factor structure, and criterion validity in view of its positive correlations with executive functions tests. This study aims to develop the children’s version of the GTQ (i.e., Generalized Tracking Questionnaire-Children, GTQ-C). In so doing, we adapted the vocabulary of some of the GTQ items and added an additional item (i.e., the GTQ-C consisted of 12 items). Afterward, the GTQ for children (i.e., GTQ-C) was administered to a sample of 730 Colombian children and adolescents from 7 to 17 years. A cross-validation study was conducted to analyze the factor structure of the questionnaire. The analysis showed that a one-factor structure showed a good fit to the data. All items of the GTQ-C showed good discrimination indexes and the whole questionnaire showed adequate internal consistency. The GTQ-C showed measurement invariance across gender and age group. In conclusion, the GTQ-C seems to be a valid and reliable measure of generalized tracking for children that might be used to analyze the developmental trajectories of tracking and its relationship with other relevant behavioral processes.

How to cite this paper: Espitia Pereira CA, Ayala Ávila JM, García Martín MB, Suárez Falcón JC, & Ruiz FJ (2020). Psychometric Properties and Measurement Invariance of the Generalized Tracking Questionnaire-Children. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 20, 2, 177-188.

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