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Family Context Assessment in Middle Childhood: A Tool Supporting Social, Educational, and Public Health Interventions

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Faculty of Psychology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 20018 San Sebastian, Spain
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Biodonostia Health Research Institute, Group of Environmental Epidemiology and Child Development, 20014 San Sebastian, Spain
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Spanish Consortium for Research on Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Epidemiology and Environmental Health Joint Research Unit, FISABIO -Universitat Jaume I-Universitat de València, 46020 Valencia, Spain
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Predepartamental Unit of Medicine, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón de la Plana, Spain
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Academic Editors: Lucía Jiménez, John Canavan, George Spiel and Nevenka Zegarac
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1094; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031094
Received: 1 December 2020 / Revised: 20 January 2021 / Accepted: 21 January 2021 / Published: 26 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family Support and Children’s Health and Wellbeing)
Quality of the family context has an important role in the physical and mental health of children; that is why it is important to have reliable and updated tools. This study aims to design and validate a new tool, the Haezi Etxadi Family Assessment Scale 7–11 (HEFAS 7–11), to assess family context quality in middle childhood. A sample of two cohorts of 772 Spanish families with children aged between 7 and 11 (M = 9.39 years; SD = 1.57; 51.2% girls), participated in the study. Results showed good psychometric properties for the instrument and the confirmatory factor analysis showed a five individual subscales structure: 1. Promotion of Cognitive and Linguistic Development (α = 0.79); 2. Promotion of Socio Emotional Development (α = 0.83); 3. Organization of Physical Environment and Social Context (α = 0.73); 4. Parental Stress & Conflict (α = 0.75); and 5. Parental Profile Fostering Child Development (α = 0.80). The association between HEFAS 7–11 and Trial Making Test was also analyzed to determine the concurrent validity of the instrument. The new scale shows its potential in the fields of research, social and educational, to know those variables that need to be promoted under the approach of positive parenting from a public health perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: family context; positive parenting; assessment; validation; middle childhood family context; positive parenting; assessment; validation; middle childhood
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Barreto-Zarza, F.; Sánchez de Miguel, M.; Ibarluzea, J.; González-Safont, L.; Rebagliato, M.; Arranz-Freijo, E.B. Family Context Assessment in Middle Childhood: A Tool Supporting Social, Educational, and Public Health Interventions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1094. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031094

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Barreto-Zarza F, Sánchez de Miguel M, Ibarluzea J, González-Safont L, Rebagliato M, Arranz-Freijo EB. Family Context Assessment in Middle Childhood: A Tool Supporting Social, Educational, and Public Health Interventions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1094. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031094

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Barreto-Zarza, Florencia, Manuel Sánchez de Miguel, Jesús Ibarluzea, Llúcia González-Safont, Marisa Rebagliato, and Enrique B. Arranz-Freijo. 2021. "Family Context Assessment in Middle Childhood: A Tool Supporting Social, Educational, and Public Health Interventions" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 3: 1094. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031094

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