Do the Constructs of the FACES IV Change Based on Definitions of “Family?” A Measurement Invariance Test

Jacob B. Priest, Elizabeth O. Parker, Sarah B. Woods

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Abstract

The Family Adaptability and Cohesion Scale (FACES) IV does not provide instructions about which family members respondents should think about while answering questions. This study examined which family members respondents thought about while completing the FACES IV, and if this changed measurement invariance and population heterogeneity of the measure. Using a sample of n = 511 individuals, a latent class analysis showed three distinct classes: Nuclear Family, Family of Origin, and All of the Above. The FACES IV demonstrated measurement invariance across classes on the majority of subscales; however, population heterogeneity tests suggested that the means and variances of the subscales varied across classes. The findings suggest further examination of how the measure functions with unique family constellations is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-352
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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