Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Translation and Validation of a Greek version of the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales (F-COPES)

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Research paper

Background: Family sense of coherence is central to successful coping with family stressors. Objectives: The aims of this study were to translate the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales (F-COPES) and to evaluate its psychometric properties. Methods: In Phase 1, the F-COPES was translated into Greek using the translation/back-translation procedure and it was reviewed by an expert panel for cultural equivalence. In Phase 2, the questionnaire was administered to 647 family members (mean age =39.08, SD=14.28, range=18-79 years) from 20 different regions of Greece along with a measure of sociodemographic characteristics and the Family Environment Scale. Results: The F COPES showed good internal consistency (Cronbach's α = .77) and test-retest reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient = .88). On a subscale level the correlation was: Acquiring Social Support r =.87, Reframing r =.90, Seeking Spiritual Support r =.84, Mobilizing Family to Acquire and Accept Help r =.86 and Passive Appraisal r =.89. Discussion: The F-COPES has satisfactory psychometric properties and has the potential to be used as a clinical and research instrument for measuring of family coping strategies in Greek families. The Greek version retains the five factor structure as proposed by the initial authors.

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