Factor structure of the critical consciousness scale in juvenile legal system-involved boys and girls

Sukhmani Singh, Shabnam Javdani, McKenzie N. Berezin, Corianna E. Sichel

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Abstract

The Critical Consciousness Scale (CCS) is a recently developed and validated measure for use with low-income, diverse adolescents. However, research on the psychometric properties of this scale with juvenile legal system-involved youth is lacking. This study examines the psychometric properties of the critical reflection subscales of the CCS in a cross-sectional sample of 206 youth (48% girls) involved in the juvenile legal system to investigate (a) the factor structure of the critical reflection subscales of the CCS compared to existing adolescent samples, and (b) the extent to which critical reflection demonstrates measurement equivalence between boys and girls. Findings indicate (a) congruence with the previous literature on critical reflection but for system-involved girls, and (b) a difference in the structural relationships between perceived inequality and egalitarianism by gender. This study contributes to the nascent, psychometric literature on measures of critical consciousness in an underrepresented and unique adolescent population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1660-1676
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume48
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

Keywords

  • confirmatory factor analysis
  • critical consciousness
  • gender
  • juvenile justice
  • psychometrics
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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