The aim of this study was to test the valitidity and reliability of the recently developed Life Situation Scale for Parents (LSS-P) among parents of children whith cancer.
One hundred and ten parents of seventy-four children and adolescents who visited three paediatric wards in Sweden filled out three instruments : The LSS-P, the Quality of Life Scale and the Family Support Scale.
The reliability coefficient, Cronbach's alpha, was found to be 0,82 for the LSS-P.
A factor analysis with orthogonal varimax rotation of 37 items of the LSS-P gave twelve factors.
A higher order factor analysis reduced the factors to four (Care, Well-being, Social life and Preparedness), explaining the underlying dimensions to 57,9%. The total LSS-P correlated significantly with the Quality of Life Scale, and the higher order factor Care with the Family Support Scale.
The LSS-P discriminated, in some aspects, between two-parent and single parent families and between parents visiting the ward for treatment or chek-up.
The conclusion is that this first version of the LSS-P was valid and reliable (internal consistency) to a certain extent, but that the instrument should be tested on larger samples and during different phases of the disease.
Mots-clés Pascal : Pédiatrie, Spécialité médicale, Tumeur maligne, Tumeur, Maladie, Parent, Milieu familial, Population, Démographie, Psychométrie, Test aptitude, Essai, Médecin, Pratique professionnelle, Groupe familial, Méthode étude, Métrologie, Analyse donnée
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Pediatrics, Medical specialty, Malignant tumor, Tumor, Disease, Parent, Family environment, Population, Demography, Psychometrics, Aptitude test, Test, Physician, Professional practice, Family group, Investigation method, Metrology, Data analysis
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ORS Auvergne - Observatoire Régional de la Santé d'Auvergne
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 16/10/1997.