Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the family needs assessment scale for Brazilian families of children and adolescents with disabilities

Ana Célia Nunes, Daniela Bitencourt Santos, Márcio Fernandes Alves Leite, Marta Gràcia, Patricia Carla de Souza Della Barba* (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Introduction: In Brazil, there are few studies that investigate the support needs of families that have handicap children in their daily context. This study aims to adapt and validate the Family Needs Assessment (FNA) scale for use with families of children and adolescents with disabilities in Brazil.

Method: Two studies were conducted. The first study involved the cross-cultural adaptation of the scale, resulting in the Brazilian version of the FNA, which is called Avaliação das Necessidades da Família (ANF). The FNA comprises 49 items with high internal consistency (α = 0.98). The second study validated the FNA using a sample of 151 families with children and adolescents with disabilities.

Results: The structure of the scale was confirmed using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), which grouped 46 items into seven dimensions. The scale demonstrated good fit (RMSEA = 0.041, SRMR = 0.063), satisfactory convergent validity (rs = −0.27, p < 0.001), and high levels of reliability (α = 0.92, ω = 0.94) and test–retest consistency (R1F = 0.98).

Discussion: The FNA is a valid, reliable, and accurate measure for assessing the needs of Brazilian families with children and adolescents with disabilities under 18 years of age.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1241018
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Education
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2023

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