Dimensions of family dynamics in child abusing families
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Barton, K., Wood, S. (1995). Dimensions of Family Dynamics in Child Abusing Families. Multivariate Experimental Clinical Research, 11(1), 23-33.
Parents in families of abused children were given the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Scales (FACES II). They completed the questionnaire under two sets of instructions: how their family currently functioned and how they would like it to function in the future. Factor analyses showed (a) that five factors seemed stable in structure for both sets of instructions; (b) Olson's concepts of Adaptability and Cohesion were useful in this 'atypical' sample; (c) others using 'atypical' samples might profit by checking the factor structure when using the FACES II; and (d) five scales instead of two should be used in subsequent analyses of family dynamics. Tentative titles for the new scales are suggested based on Olson's original titles.