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VALENCIA, Edgar and GOMEZ, Esteban. An Eco-Systemic Family Assessment Scale for Social Programs: Reliability and Validity of NCFAS in a High Psychosocial Risk Population. Psykhe [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.1, pp. 89-103. ISSN 0718-2228. doi: 10.4067/S0718-22282010000100007.
Evidence about the internal consistency and construct validity of the Spanish version of the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) is presented. The study used records of 8 Chilean family preservation programs for prevention of child abuse and neglect (N = 528). The results indicate that the scale has appropriate internal consistency, showing a behavior similar to the one of the original version of the scale. The exploratory factor analysis partially supports the theoretical domains of the assessment tool. Distributing the items of the Family Interactions domain and including a new factor called Caregiver's Well-being is suggested. The necessity of adapting the NCFAS to a Latin-American context in future research is discussed.
Keywords : family assessment scale; NCFAS; psychometric properties; multi-problem family; family preservation programs.