French version of the Family Attitude Scale : psychometric properties and relation of attitudes to the respondent's psychiatric status

Vandeleur, Caroline L., Kavanagh, David J., Favez, Nicolas, Castelao, Enrique, & Preisig, Martin (2013) French version of the Family Attitude Scale : psychometric properties and relation of attitudes to the respondent's psychiatric status. Psychiatry Research, 210(2), pp. 641-646.

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The Family Attitude Scale (FAS) is a self-report measure of critical or hostile attitudes and behaviors towards another family member, and demonstrates an ability to predict relapse in psychoses. Data are not currently available on a French version of the scale. The present study developed a French version of the FAS, using a large general population sample to test its internal structure, criterion validity and relationships with the respondents' symptoms and psychiatric diagnoses, and examined the reciprocity of FAS ratings by respondents and their partners. A total of 2072 adults from an urban population undertook a diagnostic interview and completed self-report measures, including an FAS about their partner. A subset of participants had partners who also completed the FAS. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed an excellent fit by a single-factor model, and the FAS demonstrated a strong association with dyadic adjustment. FAS scores of respondents were affected by their anxiety levels and mood, alcohol and anxiety diagnoses, and moderate reciprocity of attitudes and behaviors between the partners was seen. The French version of the FAS has similarly strong psychometric properties to the original English version. Future research should assess the ability of the French FAS to predict relapse of psychiatric disorders.

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ID Code: 67318
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Confirmatory factor analysis, Criterion validity, Dyadic partners, French version, Mean scores, Psychiatric disorders, Reliability
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.07.008
ISSN: 0165-1781
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Psychiatry Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Psychiatry Research, [Volume 210, Issue 2, (15 December 2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.07.008
Deposited On: 13 Feb 2014 04:02
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 23:21

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