Development of a Culturally Appropriate Measure of Family Functioning in Low-Income African American Single-Parent Families

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161469
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Presentation
Title:
Development of a Culturally Appropriate Measure of Family Functioning in Low-Income African American Single-Parent Families
Abstract:
Development of a Culturally Appropriate Measure of Family Functioning in Low-Income African American Single-Parent Families
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2003
Author:McCreary, Linda
Contact Address:CON, 725 N Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL, 60302-1536, USA
Co-Authors:Carol Estwing Ferrans
Family functioning is a multidimensional construct, influenced by a number of factors including culture, SES, family structure, and developmental stage. According to symbolic interactionism, family interactions arise from shared meanings derived from individuals’ perceptions, interpersonal experiences, and cultural beliefs. Existing family measures, developed for middle-income, European American, two-parent families, may not validly assess family functioning in low-income, African American single-parent families. Those providing health care or conducting research with this population often assess family functioning. However, use of an invalid measure may contribute to disparities in identification and intervention with families in need of supportive services. The purpose of this study was to develop and refine items for a culturally appropriate instrument to assess family functioning in these families. Essential categories of family functioning were identified from content analysis of two data sets: individual interviews conducted with 20 low-income African American single mothers of young children and 20 adult family members, and 4 focus groups held with a total of 37 demographically similar single mothers. Interviews and focus groups identified categories of family functioning and behaviors associated with effective and ineffective families. Using examples from the data, items were developed to assess each of the categories of functioning and to identify the presence of behaviors that contribute to effective and ineffective family functioning. The initial set of items was then administered individually to a sample of 20 demographically similar mothers during “think-aloud” interviews, in which respondents answered each item and discussed their thinking process as they decided how to respond. Audio-taped and transcribed data from the “think-aloud” interviews were used to improve item clarity, eliminate redundant items, and develop new items to ensure complete coverage of the domain of family functioning. The resulting instrument will be subjected to psychometric evaluation in a future study. AN: MN030128
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDevelopment of a Culturally Appropriate Measure of Family Functioning in Low-Income African American Single-Parent Familiesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161469-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Development of a Culturally Appropriate Measure of Family Functioning in Low-Income African American Single-Parent Families </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">McCreary, Linda</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">CON, 725 N Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL, 60302-1536, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Carol Estwing Ferrans</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Family functioning is a multidimensional construct, influenced by a number of factors including culture, SES, family structure, and developmental stage. According to symbolic interactionism, family interactions arise from shared meanings derived from individuals&rsquo; perceptions, interpersonal experiences, and cultural beliefs. Existing family measures, developed for middle-income, European American, two-parent families, may not validly assess family functioning in low-income, African American single-parent families. Those providing health care or conducting research with this population often assess family functioning. However, use of an invalid measure may contribute to disparities in identification and intervention with families in need of supportive services. The purpose of this study was to develop and refine items for a culturally appropriate instrument to assess family functioning in these families. Essential categories of family functioning were identified from content analysis of two data sets: individual interviews conducted with 20 low-income African American single mothers of young children and 20 adult family members, and 4 focus groups held with a total of 37 demographically similar single mothers. Interviews and focus groups identified categories of family functioning and behaviors associated with effective and ineffective families. Using examples from the data, items were developed to assess each of the categories of functioning and to identify the presence of behaviors that contribute to effective and ineffective family functioning. The initial set of items was then administered individually to a sample of 20 demographically similar mothers during &ldquo;think-aloud&rdquo; interviews, in which respondents answered each item and discussed their thinking process as they decided how to respond. Audio-taped and transcribed data from the &ldquo;think-aloud&rdquo; interviews were used to improve item clarity, eliminate redundant items, and develop new items to ensure complete coverage of the domain of family functioning. The resulting instrument will be subjected to psychometric evaluation in a future study. AN: MN030128 </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:21:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:21:51Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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