Assessment of family functioning in Chinese adolescents: The Chinese version of the Family Assessment Device

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Objective: The reliability, validity, and factor structure of the Chinese version of the McMaster Family Assessment Device were examined in three studies. Method: In Study 1, data based on 361 adolescents were examined. In Study 2, data analyzed from a clinical group and a nonclinical group (N = 281 and 451, respectively) were carried out. In Study 3, data based on 3,649 secondary school students were analyzed. Results: Findings support the internal consistency, concurrent validity, and discriminant and construct validity of the scales in different samples. In contrast to the proposal that there are seven dimensions in the scale, three stable factors could be extracted from the Chinese version, and the related subscales had adequate internal consistency, temporal stability, and construct and discriminant validity in different samples. Conclusions: The Chinese device possesses good psychometric properties, although its factor structure might differ from that based on the original English version.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-524
Number of pages23
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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