ERIC Number: EJ1061678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
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Reference Count: 32
Societal Factors Impacting Child Welfare: Validating the Perceptions of Child Welfare Scale
Auerbach, Charles; Zeitlin, Wendy; Augsberger, Astraea; McGowan, Brenda G.; Claiborne, Nancy; Lawrence, Catherine K.
Research on Social Work Practice, v25 n3 p305-312 May 2015
Objective: This research examines the psychometric properties of the Perceptions of Child Welfare Scale (PCWS). This instrument is designed to assess child welfare workers' understanding of how society views their role and their work. Methods: Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was utilized to analyze data on 538 child welfare workers. Results: The final model consisted of three latent variables with 14 indicators related to stigma, value, and respect (?[superscript 2] = 362.33, p = 0.00; root mean square error of approximation [RMSEA] = 0.09; 90% confidence interval [CI]: [0.08, 0.09]; comparative fit index [CFI] = 0.96; Tucker-Lewis Index [TLI] = 0.95). Discussion: The way in which workers believe others view their work suggests an increasingly complex prototype for understanding workforce issues. Those wishing to examine societal factors related to child welfare workforce issues could use this validated instrument.
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Psychometrics, Measures (Individuals), Social Work, Caseworkers, Factor Analysis, Predictor Variables, Validity, Construct Validity, Social Influences, Models, Demography, Structural Equation Models, Regression (Statistics)
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