Dimensionality of the Chinese parent-child subsystem quality scale : confirmatory factor analyses

Tan Lei Shek, M.Y.M. Law

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To understand family dynamics in Chinese families, the 17- item Chinese Parent-Child Subsystem Quality Scale was developed to assess three dimensions within the parentchild dyad (perceived behavioral control, psychological control, and parent-child relationship) in the fatheradolescent dyad and mother-adolescent dyad. Previous findings based on exploratory factor analysis provided support for the three-factor structure. In this study, confirmatory factor analyses were used to re-analyze the Wave 1 data collected from 3,328 Chinese junior secondary school students in a longitudinal study in Hong Kong. Results showed that there was support for the three-factor structure. The present findings support the factorial validity of the scale and underscore the use of confirmatory factor analyses in clarifying the dimensions in measures of parentchild subsystem quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-215
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of child health and human development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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