ERIC Number: ED409598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
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The Memphis Family Perceptions Instrument: Tests for Validity and Reliability.
Bollis-Pecci, Tamara Sue; Webb, Lynne M.
A study assessed the usability, retest reliability, and construct validity of an instrument measuring young adults': (1) perceived attention from parents; (2) perceived "normalcy" of family interactions; and (3) perceived consistency of family interactions. The retest reliability study yielded no significant differences between 73 respondents (undergraduate students from 6 homogeneous sections of a sophomore-level basic course in oral communication) from 2 separate administrations completed 8 weeks apart. Construct validity was measured by administering the instrument to 2 subsamples of 21 young adults from the same university (i.e., middle children from large families versus only children and/or honor students). Chi-square analyses yielded significantly different scores in the predicted directions. Results of these tests provided evidence of usability, retest reliability, and construct validity thus indicating that researchers may employ the instrument with confidence in future studies. (Contains 22 references, 2 tables of data, and 4 notes; appendixes contain the demographic questionnaire, instructions for subjects, and a statement of agreement to participate.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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