The Chinese version of the self-report family inventory: Does culture make a difference?

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The reliability and factor structures of the Chinese Self-Report Family Inventory (C-SFI) are examined in this paper. The C-SFI was administered to 858 Chinese parents and their adolescent children (n= 429). Results showed that the C-SFI is internally consistent. Contrary to the previous findings that there are five to six dimensions of the original Self-Report Family Inventory (SFI), factor analyses revealed that two stable factors (Family Health and Family Pathology) were abstracted from the C-SFI. The present data suggest that social work and clinical practitioners should be cautious in using the subscales in the SFI (particularly for Chinese people) and that they should be conscious of cultural variations in the application of family assessment tools. Further effort should be made to clarify the dimensionality of the SFI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-329
Number of pages15
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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