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Assessing Family Outcomes: Psychometric Evaluation of the Beach Center Family Quality of Life Scale
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2006
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 68, Issue 4, pages 1069–1083, November 2006
How to Cite
Hoffman, L., Marquis, J., Poston, D., Summers, J. A. and Turnbull, A. (2006), Assessing Family Outcomes: Psychometric Evaluation of the Beach Center Family Quality of Life Scale. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68: 1069–1083. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00314.x
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2006
- child with disabilities;
- family interaction;
- family policy;
- family resource management
There is currently a lack of reliable scales with which to assess the construct of family quality of life, particularly for families who have children with disabilities. The current work presents 2 studies, including a total of 488 families with children with disabilities, which were conducted to complete the development of a scale to assess family quality of life. The measure was refined through confirmatory factor analyses into 25 items that assess 5 domains of Family Quality of Life: Family Interaction, Parenting, Emotional Well-Being, Physical/Material Well-Being, and Disability-Related Support. Each subscale was found to be unidimensional and internally consistent. An initial examination of test-retest reliability and convergent validity is also presented. Implications for future research, scale use, and policy are discussed.