This study developed and validated the Inventory of the Child-friendly Family (ICF) in a Chinese student population. A total of 97 items were generated by focus group interviews involving 30 adolescents. After a review by experts, and focus group interviews with another 20 adolescents, 46 items remained. Those 46 items were tested with a representative sample of 5,841 students in Hong Kong. Participants responded to a questionnaire containing the 46 items. Using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), we generated a 2-factor, 18-item scale. The two factors obtained were labeled "psychological support and positive discipline strategies" and "care and protection." Results from preliminary tests showed that this 2-factor ICF had good internal consistency and validity. The ICF can serve as a protocol to guide actions in developing a child-friendly family.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Health(social science)