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Family Empowerment Scale: Factor Validation of the Original Form and Development of a Short Form

가족임파워먼트 척도(Family Empowerment Scale)의 요인구조 검증 및 단축형 척도 개발

  • Received : 2013.05.29
  • Accepted : 2013.06.24
  • Published : 2013.07.28

Abstract

The primary objectives of this study are twofold. One is to examine the psychometric properties of Family Empowerment Scale(FES) developed by Koren, DeChillo and Frisen(1992). The other is to develope a short-form FES. Data collected from 337 members of Parents' Solidarity of Children with Disabilities were used. FES had good internal consistency, but the results of confirmatory factor analysis(CFA) did not support the theoretical factor structure of the scale. Basic analyses such as correlation and descriptive analysis were performed to examine the characteristics of individual items and identify the limitation of the orignal FES. In addition, a series of CFA were carried out to develop a short-form FES. Finally 15 items were selected based on theoretical rationale and the results of CFA. Cronbach's ${\alpha}$ and the model fit indices for the short-form FES indicated that this measure has good construct validity as well as internal consistency. In discussion, usefulness and potential contribution of this study were explored in relation to content development in the area of measuring instruments.

Keywords

Empowerment;Family Empowerment Scale;Families with Disabled Children;Construct Validity

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