Reliability and validity of the Spanish version of the Crisis in family systems-revised

Carolyn A. Berry, Kelly A. Quinn, Nelson Portillo, Madeleine U. Shalowitz

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Increasing the representation of Spanish-speaking study participants requires development and dissemination of reliable and valid translated scales. In the current study the construct validity was assessed of the Spanish version of the Crisis in Family Systems-Revised, a measure of contemporary life stressors, with a convenience sample of 377 parents interviewed in a study of childhood asthma, although over half of the respondents did not have children with asthma. Most respondents were foreign-born women between 20 to 60 years old (M=35, SD=7). 52% had not completed high school or its equivalent, and 55% reported a household income of $15,000 or less. For a subsample of 25 respondents test-retest reliability was .86 over 2 wk. Reporting more life stressors was associated with greater depressive symptomatology, poorer physical and mental health function, and lower household income. These relationships support the construct validity of the test in Spanish. This study provided strong evidence that this version is a valid and reliable measure of life stressors for a Spanish-speaking population living in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-132
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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