Giuly Bertoli*1, Giulia Fioravanti1, Carmen Berrocal2, Fiammetta Cosci1
1University of Florence, Florence, Italy
2University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
The present study explored the psychometric properties of the Italian version of the Parental Attitude Scales (PAD). The PAD are a 46-item self-report questionnaire that were developed to assess three parental attitudes dimensions: Pleasure-Displeasure, Arousal-Non Arousal, Dominance-Submissiveness.
A total of 483 parents (235 males; mean age = 42.9 ± 6.1 years) completed the PAD as well as measures of theoretically and conceptually related constructs. A sub-sample of 59 participants completed the PAD a second time in order to explore the test-retest reliability.
The results from Principal Axis Factoring (PAF) did not support the original three-factor solution. The three factors explained 22.9% of the total variance; the factor loadings were low, and on the basis of the correlation matrix, many items saturated on more than one factor. Internal consistency was moderately acceptable, temporal stability and concurrent validity was questionable.
The Italian version of the PAD showed weaknesses from a psychometric point of view.
Keywords: parental attitudes, family climate, temporal stability, validity
Published online: 2016/09/01
Published print: 2016/09/01
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