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ERIC Number: EJ1154402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
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Validity of the Working Alliance Inventory within Child Protection Services
Killian, Michael; Forrester, Donald; Westlake, David; Antonopoulou, Paraskevi
Research on Social Work Practice, v27 n6 p704-715 Oct 2017
The Working Alliance Inventory remains a widely studied measure of quality of therapeutic relationships between the practitioner and client. No prior study has examined the psychometrics and validity of the Working Alliance Inventory-Short (WAI-S) in a sample of families, social workers, and trained observers within child protection services. Surveys were completed by 130 families, social workers concerning 274 cases, and observers following 165 home visits during the first wave of data collected from a randomized controlled trial of child protection services. Confirmatory factor analyses were conducted on three versions of the WAI-S and demonstrated moderate to good model fit. Convergent construct validity was found with other standardized measures. Results support the use of the WAI-S during in child protection services practice and research. Future research into family engagement in child protection social work services should focus on the working relationship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Working Alliance Inventory
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