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Assessing adolescent functioning from different perspectives: Extending the validation of the Adolescent Functioning Scale (AFS)

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posted on 2024-04-10, 00:21 authored by Cassandra DittmanCassandra Dittman, K Burke, D Haslam, A Ralph
The study aimed to provide further evidence for the validity of the 33-item Adolescent Functioning Scale (AFS) as a parent- and adolescent-report scale of adolescent adjustment. In separate samples of parents (N = 542; 88% female) and adolescents (N = 303; 60% female), confirmatory factor analyses supported the original 4-factor structure of the AFS. Analyses produced a 28-item parent measure, and a 27-item adolescent measure. Parent and adolescent versions included positive development, oppositional behaviour, antisocial behaviour and emotional problems subscales. Evidence for convergent and construct validity was provided through correlations with existing measures of adolescent functioning and parenting. The AFS demonstrated configural and metric invariance, but not scalar variance. The study provided support for the validity and reliability of the revised AFS for parents and adolescents. The strong psychometric properties, and brief and multi-dimensional nature of the AFS means that it will have utility in research and applied contexts.

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Volume

55

Issue

2

Start Page

541

End Page

551

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

1573-3327

ISSN

0009-398X

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Publisher License

CC BY

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0 DEED

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2022-08-28

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Child Psychiatry and Human Development

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