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Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2017 Sep;122(5):439-452. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-122.5.439.

Psychometric Properties of the Beach Center Family Quality of Life in French-Speaking Families With a Preschool-Aged Child Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Mélina Rivard, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada; Céline Mercier, Université de Montréal, Canada; Zakaria Mestari, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada; Amélie Terroux, CRDITED Montérégie-Est and Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada; Catherine Mello, The Pennsylvania State University, Berks; and Jean Bégin, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Abstract

The Beach Center Family Quality of Life Scale (Beach Center FQOL) is used to evaluate and develop family-centered intervention services. However, its use with families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and in non-English speaking populations requires further investigation. The present study sought to assess the psychometric properties of a French translation of this scale on 452 parents of children aged 5 and under who were recently diagnosed with ASD. The resulting Satisfaction and Importance scales presented excellent internal consistency at the scale level and acceptable internal consistency at the subscale level. Theoretical model positing 5 dimensions of FQOL generally fit the data acceptably. Satisfaction ratings were found to be sensitive to changes and were negatively correlated with parenting stress.

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autism spectrum disorder; early intervention; family quality of life; outcome measures; parenting

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