Convergent validity assessment of a brief screen for poverty with South African adolescents

Sachet R. Valjee1, Steven J. Collings1
1School of Applied Human Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Cite this article:  Valjee, S., & Collings, S. (2015). Convergent validity assessment of a brief screen for poverty with South African adolescents. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 43, 875-880.

Volume 43 Issue 5 | e4167 | Published: June 2015 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2015.43.5.875

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We explored the convergent validity of a brief screen for poverty with a convenience sample of 462 South African school-aged adolescents. Participants completed the poverty screen of the Developmental Trauma Inventory as well as the Household Economic and Social Status Index, which is a composite measure of socioeconomic status that was developed and validated using South African samples. Results indicated that scores on the poverty screen were significantly negatively correlated for financial/social capital, material consumption, and socioeconomic status subscales, as well as the total scale. These findings provide support for the convergent construct validity of the Developmental Trauma Inventory poverty screen.

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