Family resources for families of children with cerebral palsy in Jordan: psychometric properties of the Arabic-Family Resources Scale
Article first published online: 30 JUL 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Child: Care, Health and Development
How to Cite
Almasri, N. A., Saleh, M. and Dunst, C. J. (2013), Family resources for families of children with cerebral palsy in Jordan: psychometric properties of the Arabic-Family Resources Scale. Child: Care, Health and Development. doi: 10.1111/cch.12087
- Article first published online: 30 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JUN 2013
- cerebral palsy;
- family-centred service;
- family resource scale;
- resource-based practice
Resource-based, family-centred practices are associated with better health, emotional, and social well-being of children with disabilities. The adequacy of resources available for families of children with disabilities in Middle Eastern countries has not been described adequately in part because of lack of measures that are culturally adapted to be used in Arabic countries. Therefore, this study aims to (1) to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Arabic-Family Resource Scale (A-FRS) on a sample of families of children cerebral palsy (CP); (2) examine the adequacy of family resources as perceived by parents of children with CP in Jordan; and (3) examine the influence of child and family demographic variables on how parents report resources available to their families.
A cross-section design was applied. One-hundred fifteen parents of children with CP with mean age 4.6 years (SD = 4.4) and their parents participated in the study. Research assistants interviewed the participants to complete the A-FRS, and family and child demographic questionnaire, and determined the Gross Motor Function Classification System level of children.
The principal axis factoring of the A-FRS yielded a six-factor solution that accounted for 67.39% of the variance and that is different than the factor structure reported by the developers of the FRS. Cronbach's coefficient alpha of the total score of family resources was 0.86 indicating a good internal consistency and the test–retest reliability for the total scale score was r = 0.92 (P = 0.000) indicating excellent test–retest reliability. Child health and family income were significantly associated with the total score of the A-FRS.
The A-FRS is a valid and reliable measure of family resources for Jordanian families of children with CP. Service providers are encouraged to use A-FRS with families to plan resource-based interventions in which family resources are mobilized to meet family needs.