The preparation of this paper and the Project were supported by Wofoo Social Enterprises and ISS Wofoo Family Institute, International Social Service Hong Kong Branch. Ethical approval from Research Ethics Committee of Chinese University of Hong Kong and informed consent from research participants has been obtained. Special thanks also extended to Professor Richard Miller for his valuable suggestion and editing.
Validation of the Chinese Version of Differentiation of Self Inventory (C-DSI)
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2013
© 2013 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 86–101, January 2015
How to Cite
Lam, C.M. and Chan-So, P.C.Y. (2015). Validation of the chinese version of differentiation of self inventory (C-DSI). Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 86–101. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12031
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2015
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2013
- Wofoo Social Enterprises
- International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
Although the need to develop objective assessment tools in different cultures is well-recognized, there is a severe lack of objective measures about emotional functioning in the Chinese context. This project conducted three studies to validate the Chinese version of the Differentiation of Self Inventory (DSI). Study 1 looked at the factor structure, internal consistency, concurrent validity, and construct validity of the C-DSI. Study 2 examined the test–retest reliability of the C-DSI. Study 3 tested the discriminant validity of the C-DSI in a clinical sample and in a nonclinical sample and examined its correlations with the General Contentment Scale (GCS). The study results suggested that the C-DSI possesses good psychometric properties. Findings also indicated implications of divergent cultures and hinted at treatment implications—taking the familistic orientation and the Chinese meaning of self into consideration to understand the differentiation of self in the Chinese culture context.