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Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2010 Jan;16(1):9-15. doi: 10.1037/a0014905.

The development of the Adolescent Nervios Scale: preliminary findings.

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Educational Psychology, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, NY 11201-5372, USA.


This paper details the construction of a scale to measure the culture-bound syndrome of nervios in Latino early adolescents, ages 11 to 14. Informed by nervios literature and experts, we developed the 31-item Adolescent Nervios Scale (ANS) with items comprised of symptoms representing various psychiatric conditions common to Western culture. In contrast to 277 non-Latino early adolescents who responded to the items as representing disparate constructs, 307 Latino early adolescents responded to ANS items in a unitary fashion. For Latino early adolescents, the ANS demonstrated good internal consistency and stability as well as concurrent, discriminative, and criterion-based validity. The results support the measurement of nervios and its relationship to the school performance and adjustment of Latino youth. (PsycINFO Database Record

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