Cross-cultural measurement invariance of the fear of COVID-19 scale in seven Latin American countries

Tomás Caycho-Rodríguez, Pablo D. Valencia, Lindsey W. Vilca, Mauricio Cervigni, Miguel Gallegos, Pablo Martino, Ignacio Barés, Manuel Calandra, César Armando Rey Anacona, Claudio López-Calle, Rodrigo Moreta-Herrera, Edgardo René Chacón-Andrade, Marlon Elías Lobos-Rivera, Perla del Carpio, Yazmín Quintero, Erika Robles, Macerlo Panza Lombardo, Olivia Gamarra Recalde, Andrés Buschiazzo Figares, Michael WhiteCarmen Burgos Videla

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The objective was to evaluate the cross-cultural measurement invariance of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) in 7 Latin American countries (Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay). The participants were 2944 people, selected through non-probability sampling for convenience, where the majority were women. Data collection occurred between 12 June and 14 September 2020. The results indicated that the model with two related factors presents a better fit to the data and has partial scalar invariance among the 7 countries. Differences in emotional and physiological reactions were observed between the countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2003-2017
Number of pages15
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


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