Date of Award
Quantitative Research Methods
Kathy E. Green, Ph.D.
Child abuse, Neglect, Maternal mental health, Parental functioning, Screening
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.
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Longworth-Reed, Laricia, "Analysis of the Scale of Parenting and Life Functioning Using the Rasch Measurement Model" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 863.
Received from ProQuest
Quantitative psychology and psychometrics, Social Research