Brief report: Development of the family perceptions scale; a novel instrument for evaluating subjective functioning in the families of adolescents

Tiffin, Paul, Kaplan, Carole and Place, Maurice (2011) Brief report: Development of the family perceptions scale; a novel instrument for evaluating subjective functioning in the families of adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 34 (3). pp. 593-597. ISSN 01401971

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Abstract

A pool of 75 items relating to family functioning was created and piloted in a sample of 12–18 year olds (N = 673). The responses were subjected to an exploratory factor analysis which indicated the presence of three significant latent traits. The results were then used to inform the development of a rating instrument with five subscales labelled Nurture, Problem Solving, Expressed Emotion, Behavioural Boundaries and Responsibility. These demonstrated high levels of internal consistency (Cronbach’s alphas .70–.81), high test-retest reliability (rho = .70–.82), varying degrees of intercorrelation (rho = .18–.75) and significant associations with family functioning as defined by the McMaster Family Assessment Device (p < 0.0001 in all cases). This novel instrument is a promising tool for use in both clinical practice and research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescence, family functioning, mental health, factor analysis, assessment
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 10:30
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/14120

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