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Psychometric properties of the FACES-IV in a pediatric oncology population.

TitlePsychometric properties of the FACES-IV in a pediatric oncology population.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMarsac ML, Alderfer MA
JournalJ Pediatr Psychol
Date Published2011 Jun
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Family, Female, Humans, Male, Neoplasms, Parents, Psychometrics, Questionnaires, Resilience, Psychological, Self Efficacy, Social Adjustment

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales, version IV (FACES-IV) in families of children with cancer.

METHODS: As part of a larger program of research, 147 mothers and 40 fathers from 162 families of children with cancer completed the FACES-IV. Parents and one healthy child from each family (77 girls; age M = 12.8, SD = 2.8) completed additional measures of family functioning and parenting.

RESULTS: Internal consistencies above .70 were found for all subscales except one (Enmeshed, α = .65). Intercorrelations of the subscales were similar to the validation sample but seemed inconsistent with the Circumplex Model on which the measure is based. Analyses raised questions regarding construct validity for the Enmeshed and Rigid subscales.

CONCLUSIONS: These preliminary findings suggest that more research is needed prior to widespread use of the FACES-IV in pediatric oncology populations.

Alternate JournalJ Pediatr Psychol
PubMed ID20147435