Brief report: Development of a brief scale to assess family support function among Chinese high school students

Guoqing Hu, Zhenqiu Sun, Ming Hu, Qiang Xia, Xunqiang Yin, Lei Zheng, Renan C. Castillo

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Abstract

Purpose: To develop a brief family support function scale for Chinese high school students (FSFS-CHSS). Methods: Standard procedures for scale development (identification of conceptual model, literature review, item selection and modification using consumer and expert panels and item reduction techniques) were used to develop a 17-item scale. Families of students in 96 high school classes in Hunan were used for item selection and validation. A subset of 4 out of 96 classes was selected as a test-retest sample. Results: A brief CHSS-FSFS with 17 items was found to have good test-retest and internal consistency reliability (Pearson correlation coefficient: 0.89, P<0.05; Cronbach's alpha coefficient was 0.87). Three factors were extracted using factor analysis, accounting for 48% of total variation. Comparison of CHSS-FSFS score between healthy and unhealthy families was statistically significant, t=7.58, P<0.01. Conclusions: CHSS-FSFS is a reliable and valid tool for family support function assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-883
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Family practice
  • High school students
  • Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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