Title

Development and Validation of a Scale to Measure Children's Contact Refusal of Parents Following Divorce

Keywords

divorce, divorce with children, relationship, contact refusal

Abstract

This article describes the development of a self-report measure to assess children refusing contact with their parents following divorce or separation. Two samples of young adults were collected to conduct an exploratory factor analysis (N = 96) and a confirmatory factor analysis (N = 332). The fit of the CFA was found to be adequate. Comparison to qualitative descriptions of participants’ families indicated good validity. The Contact Refusal Scale also correlated appropriately with related measures. The results suggest that the Contact Refusal Scale may be a useful measure in better understanding the complex relationships and actions that follow parental divorce or separation.

Original Publication Citation

Huff S. C, Anderson, S. R., Tambling, R. B., & Adamsons, K. L. (published online 1/31/17). Development and validation of a scale to measure children’s contact refusal of parents following divorce. American Journal of Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2016.1275066

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-01-31

Publisher

The American Journal of 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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