Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Quantitative Research Methods

First Advisor

Kathy Green

Keywords

Child Abuse and Neglect, Maternal Mental Health, Parental Functioning, Screening

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to examine dimensionality, reliability, invariance, targeting, scale use and functioning of items across subgroups for a sample of 278 on the Scale of Parenting and Life Functioning (SPLF). Analysis was conducted using a Rasch partial credit model. Overall, the SPLF showed good overall fit to the model. Unidimensionality of the scale was supported in the analysis, with over 60% of the raw variance explained by the measure. Item fit also provided evidence that the items fit the model. Scale categories displayed clear monotonicity. No differential item functioning was found for mother's age, race/ethnicity, or primary language. Further examination of the SPLF in larger samples is recommended to confirm the findings of the current study. Future studies should also attempt to examine inter-rater reliability by pursuing samples with rater connectivity to fully understand the conceptualization of the scale for clinicians.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Laricia Longworth-Reed

File size

50 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Quantitative psychology and psychometrics, Social research

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