Title

Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Family Therapy Alliance Scale: An Evaluation of Factor Structure Across Parents and Adolescents Referred for At Risk Services

Keywords

Therapy alliance, Family therapy, Confirmatory factor analysis, Home-based therapy

Abstract

This study examines the factor structure of the Family Therapy Alliance Scale for mothers, fathers, and adolescents. Participants are 425 individuals from 216 families referred for family therapy for child abuse or neglect. Findings provide some evidence of construct validity. The three-factor model comprised of the alliance content domains of bonds, goals, and tasks and the interpersonal domains of individual, other, and family provided excellent fit. The nine-factor model exhibited poor fit, while an adjusted six-factor model which eliminated the “other” sub-category showed promise for further research. Findings support the reliability of the content and interpersonal domain’s subscales.

Original Publication Citation

Johnson, L.N., Ketring, S.A. & Anderson, S.R. (2013). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Family Therapy Alliance Scale: An evaluation of factor structure across parents and adolescents referred for at risk services. Contemporary Family Therapy, 35, 121-136. DOI 10.1007/s10591-012-9221-7

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012-11-24

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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