ERIC Number: EJ924800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Reference Count: 30
Quality of Relationships between Youth and Community Service Providers: Reliability and Validity of the Trusting Relationship Questionnaire
Mustillo, Sarah A.; Dorsey, Shannon; Farmer, Elizabeth M. Z.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v14 n4 p577-590 Dec 2005
We examined the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Trusting Relationship Questionnaire, a brief measure of relationship quality between youth and community-based service providers involved in their care. Data on youth residing in Therapeutic Foster Care and in Group Homes (N = 296) were collected. We identified a one-factor solution for the child version of the measure and a two-factor structure for the adult version: child's perception of the relationship and adult's perception of the relationship. Both versions appear to be highly reliable and possess adequate levels of construct, criterion, and discriminative validity. While no statistically significant age differences were noted on the parent version, on the child version, older youth were more likely to report lower relationship scores. Gender differences were found on both versions: Female youth reported higher scores on the child version as did adults reporters of relationships with female youth, but only for the first factor--child's perception of the relationship. Overall, the TRQ appears to capture the quality of the relationship between service providers and youth in their care, thus bridging a gap in assessment measures.
Descriptors: Validity, Factor Structure, Age Differences, Group Homes, Psychometrics, Gender Differences, Foster Care, Youth, Community Services, Reliability, Questionnaires, Adults, Children, Statistical Significance, Scores, Attitudes, Construct Validity
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