Self-Expressiveness Within the Family Context: Psychometric Support for a New Measure

Amy G. Halberstadt, Jude Cassidy, Cynthia A. Stifter, Ross D. Parke, Nathan A. Fox

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The family appears to be an important setting for learning about emotions and how to express them within a social context. Because of the need for reliable and valid measures of emotional expressiveness in the family, the Self-Expressiveness in the Family Questionnaire (SEFQ) is introduced and evaluated in four studies with 499 mothers and 362 fathers. Factor analyses indicate highly consistent patterns of loadings for a two-factor solution across the four studies. The resulting positive and negative scales are highly internally consistent and stable over time. Evidence of good convergent, discriminant, and construct validity was obtained, and a preliminary short form with good internal consistency and construct validity was also identified. Ideas for future research on marital and parent-child issues are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-103
Number of pages11
JournalPsychological Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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