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TAY-KARAPAS, Karla; GUZMAN-GONZALEZ, Mónica  and  YARNOZ-YABEN, Sagrario. Evaluating Adaptation to Divorce-Separation: Psychometric Properties of the CAD-S in the Chilean Context. Psykhe [online]. 2020, vol.29, n.2, pp.1-10. ISSN 0718-2228.

Divorce-separation entails a process of adaptation to one’s new status, given the series of changes that must be faced in several areas of life. In this regard, having instruments suited to the Chilean context that make it possible to evaluate adaptation to divorce and separation is a necessary step for understanding this process. The objective of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Chilean version of the Divorce and Separation Adjustment Questionnaire (CAD-S, Yárnoz Yaben & Comino González, 2010). The non-probability convenience sample used was composed of 348 divorced-separated parents from 4 cities in Chile. The analyses performed show the suitability of an 18-item instrument, while a confirmatory factor analysis supports a structure of 4 correlated factors, as does the version developed in Spain. The internal consistency coefficients of the factors, evaluated with the Omega coefficient, were acceptable for the subscales of psychological difficulties, conflicts with ex-partner, and attitude toward co-parenting, with values of 0.92, 0.74, and 0.83 respectively; however, a less acceptable value was obtained for negative consequences in children (0.65). Regarding the validity evidence based on relationships with other variables, correlations were obtained between adjustment to divorce-separation and mental health measures: depression, anxiety and stress (DASS-21), and satisfaction with life (SWLS). The scale has validity evidence for its use in the studied population.

Keywords : adaptation to divorce; co-parenting; instrument adaptation; psychometric properties.

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