Cross-cultural invariance of the Spanish version of the COVID-19 Assessment Scorecard to measure the perception of government actions against COVID-19 in Latin America

Tomás Caycho-Rodríguez, Pablo D. Valencia, José Ventura-León, Carlos Carbajal-León, Lindsey W. Vilca, Mario Reyes-Bossio, Mariel Delgado-Campusano, Daniel E. Yupanqui-Lorenzo, Rubí Paredes-Angeles, Claudio Rojas-Jara, Miguel Gallegos, Mauricio Cervigni, Pablo Martino, Roberto Polanco-Carrasco, Diego Alejandro Palacios, Rodrigo Moreta-Herrera, Antonio Samaniego-Pinho, Marlon Elías Lobos Rivera, Andrés Buschiazzo Figares, Diana Ximena Puerta-CortésIbraín Enrique Corrales-Reyes, Raymundo Calderón, Walter L. Arias Gallegos, Olimpia Petzold, Andrés Camargo, Julio Torales, J. Arkangel Monge Blanco, Pedronel González, Vanessa Smith-Castro, Wendy Yamilet Matute Rivera, Daniela Ferrufino-Borja, Paula Ceballos-Vásquez, Agueda Muñoz-del-Carpio-Toia, Jorge Palacios, Carmen Burgos-Videla, Ana María Eduviges Florez León, Ibeth Vergara, Diego Vega, Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo, Marion K. Schulmeyer, Hassell Tatiana Urrutia Rios, Arelly Esther Lira Lira

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Objectives: The present study aimed to evaluate the measurement invariance of a general measure of the perception of governmental responses to COVID-|19 (COVID-SCORE-10) in the general population of 13 Latin American countries. Methods: A total of 5780 individuals from 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries selected by non-probabilistic snowball sampling participated. A confirmatory factor analysis was performed and the alignment method was used to evaluate invariance. Additionally, a graded response model was used for the assessment of item characteristics. Results: The results indicate that there is approximate measurement invariance of the COVID-SCORE-10 among the participating countries. Furthermore, IRT results suggest that the COVID-SCORE-10 measures with good psychometric ability a broad spectrum of the construct assessed, especially around average levels. Comparison of COVID-SCORE-10 scores indicated that participants from Cuba, Uruguay and El Salvador had the most positive perceptions of government actions to address the pandemic. Thus, the underlying construct of perception of government actions was equivalent in all countries. Conclusion: The results show the importance of initially establishing the fundamental measurement properties and MI before inferring the cross-cultural universality of the construct to be measured.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number34
JournalPsicologia: Reflexao e Critica
Issue number1
StateIndexed - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • Alignment method
  • COVID-19
  • Invariance
  • Latin America


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