Cover: Psychometric Investigation of a Brief Measure of Outcomes in Children's Mental Health

Psychometric Investigation of a Brief Measure of Outcomes in Children's Mental Health

Published In: Community Mental Health Journal, v. 50, no. 2, Feb. 2014, p. 204-208

Posted on on January 01, 2013

by Lauren Terhorst, Shari Hutchison, Mark J. Sorbero, Ann M. Mitchell, Judith W. Dogin, Bradley D. Stein

The current investigation sought to provide reliability and validity evidence for the Child Outcomes Survey (COS), a brief measure designed with a dual purpose to measure functioning and therapeutic relationship and to serve as a clinician-caregiver communication tool. Exploratory (EFA) and confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) were performed using a sample of 774 responses collected from 15 provider sites throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Results of the EFA (n = 387) uncovered a three factor structure (family functioning, child functioning, and therapeutic relationship) which was confirmed in the CFA (n = 387). The internal consistency reliability of the three subscales ranged from α = .76 to α = .91. There was a significant relationship between the therapeutic relationship subscale and the use of the COS as a communication aid (r s = .50, p < .001). Findings support the COS as an accurate measure of functioning and therapeutic relationship and its utility as a communication aid between clinician and caregiver.

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