The Personality Inventory for Youth: Validity and comparability of English and Spanish versions for regular education and juvenile justice samples
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Pers. Assess.
Psychology, Clinical; Psychology, Social
In this study we examined the comparability of the Personality Inventory for Youth (PIY; Lachar & Gruber, 1993, 1995)Spanish version to its English counterpart among bilingual Mexican American male and female high school students (n = 120), and among incarcerated bilingual Mexican American male adolescents (n = 52). Results indicated that language (English vs. Spanish) was not associated with a significant effect on the PIY scales or subscales for male adolescents in the juvenile justice facility, but was associated with a marginal effect for regular education adolescents; more specifically, regular education students completing the PIY in Spanish reported somewhat lower levels of symptoms than those completing the English version. Also, incarcerated males obtained significantly higher scores than regular education males on all 9 clinical and 19 out of 24 clinical subscales. Overall, the results of this study suggest that both language versions of the PIY may be applied usefully in the study and treatment of a variety of problems relevant to juvenile populations. Additional findings are discussed.
Journal of Personality Assessment
"The Personality Inventory for Youth: Validity and comparability of English and Spanish versions for regular education and juvenile justice samples" (2001). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 8144.