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ERIC Number: ED434430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 33
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Family Support and Resources in Families Having Children with Disabilities.
Taylor, Matthew J.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study designed to assess two measures of family functioning for families with children with disabilities: the Family Support Scale (FSS) and the Family Resource Scale (FRS). The FSS is an 18-item questionnaire that measures the amount of perceived support given to the parents of young children with disabilities. Items generally consist of persons or agencies from which respondents could potentially receive emotional support. The FRS is a 30-item questionnaire that measures the adequacy of time and economic resources for families with small children. Items generally consist of objects and persons for which one would need time or monetary resources. The study used data from the Early Intervention Research Institute's longitudinal studies, which consist of 992 children and their families who were or are participating in a variety of different types of intervention programs. Results indicate that both of these measures were strengthened by proposed new scoring strategies. Both of the measures showed reasonably high internal consistency reliability coefficients, with reliability coefficients at least as high as those computed by the test's authors. However, the study found that FRS suffered from too many items that drew a limited response. (Contains 26 references and 14 tables.) (CR)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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