The Cross‐Ethnic Equivalence of Parenting and Family Interaction Measures among Hispanic and Anglo‐American Families

G. P. Knight, Jenn-Yun Tein, R. Shell, M. Roosa

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Recently there has been concern over the need for developmental research within ethnic minority populations and interest in family processes within, and variability across, ethnic groups. Unfortunately, most of the research using standard scales of family processes has sampled middle‐class Anglo‐Americans, and the potential absence of cross‐ethnic measurement equivalence threatens the validity of the research using these scales with ethnic minority populations. This study reports confirmatory factor analyses and construct validity coefficients for several parenting and family interaction scales among Anglo‐American and Hispanic 8–14‐year‐old children and mothers. The findings indicate that the Children's Report of Parental Behavior Inventory (except the hostile control subscale), the Parent‐Adolescent Communication Scale (open communication subscale only), and the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales II appear to have sufficient cross‐ethnic equivalence for English‐speaking Hispanic samples. Further, the Family Routines Inventory and the problem communication subscale could benefit from additional scale development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1392-1403
Number of pages12
JournalChild development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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