PERCEIVED CAUSES OF POVERTY IN DEVELOPING NATIONS: CAUSES OF THIRD WORLD POVERTY QUESTIONNAIRE IN SPANISH-SPEAKING SAMPLES

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The aim of this paper was to analyze the factorial structure of the Causes of Third World Poverty Questionnaire (CTWPQ; Harper, 2002) in Spanish-speaking samples from two countries at different levels of development: Spain (developed nation) and Nicaragua (developing nation). In the English-speaking samples, the instrument displayed a factorial structure composed of four factors: “Blame the poor,” “Blame Third World governments,” “Blame nature,” and “Blame exploitation” (Harper, Wagstaff, Newton, & Harrison, 1990). Bolitho, Carr, and Fletcher (2007) have since added a fifth factor: “Blame conflict”. In the Spanish-speaking samples, a factorial structure composed of five factors can be observed. The factors are very similar to those obtained from the English-speaking samples.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.4.571

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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