Accession Number:

ADA167288

Title:

The Family Survey as a Diagnostic Instrument

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. May 1983-Feb 1984

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to document analyses done to make refinements in an instrument previously used for a May 1983 survey of 1,036 Army couples in the U. S. Army in Europe. The analyses were performed to determine strengths and weaknesses of the instrument, as well as to examine implications for use of data obtained from such an instrument. Sections of the instrument were assessed to determine whether the sections constituted actual scales. Results include reliability coefficients and relationships among the scales determined by factor analysis, intercorrelation, and step-wise regression. Results were examined in light of suggested refinements for the instrument, if it or sections of it are used in such research in the future. Recommendations include 1 future use of scales to analyze family bonding, strengths or weaknesses which have literature giving us the psychometric properties, and known relationships to other constructs, 2 revising items from the Family Index of Coherence to form a commitment to the Army scale, 3 using the literature on the psychological sense of community to develop scales for this variable, 4 using a known scale for job satisfaction, and designing the next survey instrument so that multivariate scores can be more easily applied to groups of items or composite scores. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE