Psychometric properties of the FACES-IV in a pediatric oncology population

Meghan L. Marsac, Melissa A. Alderfer

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales, version IV (FACES-IV) in families of children with cancer. Methods: As part of a larger program of research, 147 mothers and 40 fathers from 162 families of children with cancer completed the FACES-IV. Parents and one healthy child from each family (77 girls; age M = 12.8, SD = 2.8) completed additional measures of family functioning and parenting. Results: Internal consistencies above. 70 were found for all subscales except one (Enmeshed, α =. 65). Intercorrelations of the subscales were similar to the validation sample but seemed inconsistent with the Circumplex Model on which the measure is based. Analyses raised questions regarding construct validity for the Enmeshed and Rigid subscales. Conclusions: These preliminary findings suggest that more research is needed prior to widespread use of the FACES-IV in pediatric oncology populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-538
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
National Institutes of Health (CA11092 to M.A.A.); American Cancer Society (MRSG05213 to M.A.A.).


  • assessment
  • childhood cancer
  • family functioning
  • psychometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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