Assessment of non-conflict related marital quality from the perspective of Chinese adolescents

Hung Kit Fok, Tan Lei Shek

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An indigenous Chinese measure of non-conflict related marital quality attributes from the perspective of adolescent children was developed. Based on a comprehensive literature review and focus group interviews of social workers and adolescents, 14 categories of themes (i.e., respect, appreciation, responsibility, trust, body touch, togetherness, intimacy, communication, acceptance, concern, criticism, consistency, helping, and response) were identified, and a scale assessing adolescent perception of inter-parental non-conflict related attributes was developed. A panel of experts was formed to determine the relevance, clarity and representativeness of the developed items to assess the content validity of the measure, after which the views of the experts were used to further refine the scale. The findings showed that the final 60-item measure had high relevance, clarity, and representativeness of the construct of non-conflict related attributes in inter-parental relationships. The developed measure is a pioneering effort in both Chinese and international contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-184
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • Adolescents
  • Children's perspective
  • Chinese
  • Content validity
  • Focus group interview
  • Marital quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Sensory Systems
  • Speech and Hearing


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