Date of Award

Summer 8-2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

Program/Concentration

Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology

Committee Director

Scott Debb

Committee Member

James Paulson

Committee Member

Andrew Franklin

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to reevaluate the initial validation process of the Family Resilience Assessment Scale (FRAS) and to validate the measure for use with African Americans. Although the FRAS has been previously validated using a sample from the general population in the U.S. and has demonstrated cross-cultural utility, its applicability for use specifically with African Americans is inconclusive, as demonstrated by preliminary research findings. In the current study, data were collected from a sample of African American college students to conduct an exploratory factor analysis using all 66 items initially included in Sixbey’s validation study, and a follow-up confirmatory analysis to determine if a more reliable component factor structure for African Americans could be derived for the measure of family resilience. Among a sample of African American college students, factor analyses revealed a five-factor model consisting of 42 items that appear to be salient familial risk and protective factors for African Americans. Results of the study contribute to a broader understanding of family resilience indicators for this group.

Comments

The VIRGINIA CONSORTIUM PROGRAM IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY is a joint program of Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University.

DOI

10.25777/kex2-9m84

ISBN

9798351481548

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