Lithuanian version of measure of positive youth development based on the Five Cs model

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    The Five Cs model of PYD and associated instruments have received sound empirical support in the USA, but little validation in other cultural contexts. Moreover, initially measured as a second-order factor model, recently it has been reconsidered as a bifactor model. Our study aimed to compare the two proposed structures of the Five Cs model (second order vs. bifactor) and test whether the measure based on the Five Cs model was a valid instrument for use with Lithuanian adolescents. Analysis using the data of 1686 adolescents aged 14–20 (Mage = 16.61, SDage = 1.23, 52.8% girls) revealed that the bifactor PYD model fit well with the Lithuanian data and accounted for the variance in the data better than the second-order PYD model. Support for the bifactor model suggests that manifestations of the Five Cs can be partly explained by the general construct of PYD. Besides, the Five Cs may also have manifestations and associations that are independent of PYD. Further analyses of the Lithuanian version of PYD instrument supported invariance of the bifactor structure across gender groups, grade levels and socio-economic statuses. The study also demonstrated construct validity and internal consistency of PYD and all Cs, except competence. Overall, our findings suggest that the Lithuanian version of the measure can be used with late adolescents for assessment of PYD and the Five Cs in Lithuania.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)701-717
    Number of pages17
    JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2 2015



    • adolescence
    • factor analysis
    • Positive youth development

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Social Psychology

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