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J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Nov;35(10):1083-92. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsq045. Epub 2010 May 19.

An examination of the factor structure of parenting capacity measures in chronic illness populations.

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Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA. david.fedele@okstate.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine and confirm the factor structure of three widely used measures of parenting capacity: the Child Vulnerability Scale, Parenting Stress Index-Short Form, and Parental Protection Scale.

METHOD:

Caregivers (N = 457) of children with cancer, asthma, diabetes, sickle cell disease, or cystic fibrosis completed each scale. Separate exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted on each measure.

RESULTS:

The Child Vulnerability Scale and Parenting Stress Index-Short Form maintained their proposed factor structure; however, several items on the Parenting Stress Index-Short Form were not retained. Finally, multiple items were not retained on the Parental Protection Scale resulting in a proposed unidimensional structure.

CONCLUSION:

Continued use of the Child Vulnerability Scale and a modified Parenting Stress Index-Short Form appears appropriate in a pediatric chronic illness population. However, further factor analytic studies are needed to examine the Parental Protection Scale. Future clinical and research implications are discussed.

PMID:
20484329
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsq045
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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