Use of the family interaction macro-coding system with families of adolescents: Psychometric properties among pediatric and healthy populations

Astrida Seja Kaugars, Kathy Zebracki, Jessica C. Kichler, Christopher J. Fitzgerald, Rachel Neff Greenley, Ramin Alemzadeh, Grayson N. Holmbeck

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Abstract

Objective: To examine reliability and validity data for the Family Interaction Macro-coding System (FIMS) with adolescents with spina bifida (SB), adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), and healthy adolescents and their families. Methods: Sixty-eight families of children with SB, 58 families of adolescents with T1DM, and 68 families in a healthy comparison group completed family interaction tasks and self-report questionnaires. Trained coders rated family interactions using the FIMS. Results: Acceptable interrater and scale reliabilities were obtained for FIMS items and subscales. Observed FIMS parental acceptance, parental behavioral control, parental psychological control, family cohesion, and family conflict scores demonstrated convergent validity with conceptually similar self-report measures. Conclusions: Preliminary evidence supports the use of the FIMS with families of youths with SB and T1DM and healthy youths. Future research on overall family functioning may be enhanced by use of the FIMS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-551
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

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Psychometrics
Pediatrics
Population
Spinal Dysraphism
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Self Report
Family Conflict
Reproducibility of Results

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Use of the family interaction macro-coding system with families of adolescents : Psychometric properties among pediatric and healthy populations. / Seja Kaugars, Astrida; Zebracki, Kathy; Kichler, Jessica C.; Fitzgerald, Christopher J.; Neff Greenley, Rachel; Alemzadeh, Ramin; Holmbeck, Grayson N.

In: Journal of pediatric psychology, Vol. 36, No. 5, 01.06.2011, p. 539-551.

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Seja Kaugars, Astrida ; Zebracki, Kathy ; Kichler, Jessica C. ; Fitzgerald, Christopher J. ; Neff Greenley, Rachel ; Alemzadeh, Ramin ; Holmbeck, Grayson N. / Use of the family interaction macro-coding system with families of adolescents : Psychometric properties among pediatric and healthy populations. In: Journal of pediatric psychology. 2011 ; Vol. 36, No. 5. pp. 539-551.
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