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Development and Psychometric Properties of the Family Life Interview

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Background 

This study describes the development and trialling of the Family Life Interview (FLI), a clinical tool designed to examine sustainability of family routines. Materials and Methods 

The FLI, a self-report instrument completed by a parent within a semi-structured practitioner – parent interview, was administered to 118 parents, with re-test interviews being conducted with 39 parents. Rasch analysis was used to examine scale structure, evidence for construct validity and precision of measurement of the FLI items. Logistic regression was used to explore the contribution of the FLI to predicting out-of-home placement scores. Results 

The FLI produced valid data on the sustainability of family routines. The FLI was found to be useful for predicting families at risk of seeking out-of-home placement driven by crisis. Conclusions 

The FLI offers practitioners a psychometrically sound instrument designed to illuminate the particularity of each family’s circumstances, critical to developing interventions for increasing the sustainability of family routines.
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Keywords: ecocultural theory; family routines; instrument development; severe disabilities

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia 2: Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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