Measuring parenting practices and family functioning with brief and simple instruments: validation of the Spanish version of the PAFAS

Mejia, Anilena, Filus, Ania, Calam, Rachel, Morawska, Alina and Sanders, Matthew R. (2014) Measuring parenting practices and family functioning with brief and simple instruments: validation of the Spanish version of the PAFAS. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 46 3: 426-437. doi:10.1007/s10578-014-0483-1


Author Mejia, Anilena
Filus, Ania
Calam, Rachel
Morawska, Alina
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Measuring parenting practices and family functioning with brief and simple instruments: validation of the Spanish version of the PAFAS
Journal name Child Psychiatry & Human Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0009-398X
1573-3327
Publication date 2014-08-07
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10578-014-0483-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 46
Issue 3
Start page 426
End page 437
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Abstract A set of instruments with different response formats is usually used to assess parenting practices in clinical settings and in research studies. These complex protocols can be problematic for parents with low-literacy levels. The Parenting and Family Adjustment Scales (PAFAS) is a brief, easy to read instrument that has been developed to address these concerns. The English version of this instrument suggested that it has good internal consistency (range from .70 to .96), as well as satisfactory construct and predictive validity. The aim of the present study was to explore the validity and reliability of the Spanish version of the PAFAS. A sample of 174 Spanish-speaking parents (85 % mothers; M = 37 years old; SD = 9.1) from Panama in Central America completed the instrument alongside the Parenting Scale and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21). Psychometric evaluations revealed that the measure had satisfactory construct and concurrent validity as well as good internal consistency (values >.60 for all subscales) and test-retest reliability (ICC >.60 for all subscales). The PAFAS shows promise as a brief outcome measure to assess parenting practices and family functioning with Spanish-speaking parents. Potential uses of the measure and implications for further validation with diverse samples are discussed.
Keyword Parenting
Assessment
Spanish
Psychometric
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 7 August 2014.

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