Psychometric Assessment and Refinement of the Family Issues Scale of the Human Dimensions of Operations (HDO) Project

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Authors
  1. Thompson, M.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The present report summarizes psychometric analyses and recommendations for item refinement of the Family Issues scale a measure included in the predeployment survey of operational stress among Canadian Forces personnel. Inspection of the items comprising the Family Issues scale revealed two distinct sections. The first section included 14 itmes that assessed respondents' family concerns in anticipation of their upcoming deployment with a Likert scale (i.e. 1 - strongly disagree to 5 - strongly agree). The second section assessed respondents' knowledge of the availability of family oriented support services. As the two sections of the Family Issues Scale assess distinct dimensions, and because these sections used different scaling techniques, each section was treated as a separate scale: family Attitudes and Perceived Support. Exploratory factor analyses of the items comprising the Family Attitudes scale yielded two separate factors: Family Concerns and Positive Attitudes. Subsequent reliability analyses of these two factors indicated that the Family Concerns factor had a robust alpha value of .81. Reliability analyses of the items within the Positive Attitudes factor were disappointing, however, resulting in a very low Cronbach's alpha of .49. TRUNCATED

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Keywords
Family concersn;Family Issues scale;Family support;Focus Groups;HDO (Human Dimensions of Operations);Humanitarian operations;Lessons learned;Operations other than war;Peace support operations;Predeployment;Psychological support;Self help;Self reliance;Support services
Report Number
DCIEM-TR-2001-049 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 May 2001
Number of Pages
52
DSTKIM No
CA011394
CANDIS No
515983
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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