Social Indicators Research

, 94:29

An examination of the validity of the Family Affluence Scale II (FAS II) in a general adolescent population of Canada


DOI: 10.1007/s11205-008-9334-4

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Boudreau, B. & Poulin, C. Soc Indic Res (2009) 94: 29. doi:10.1007/s11205-008-9334-4


This study examined the performance of the FAS II in a general population of 17,545 students in grades 7, 9, 10 and 12 in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. The FAS II was assessed against two other measures of socioeconomic status: mother’s highest level of education and family structure. Our study found that the FAS II reduces the likelihood of nonresponse which is a common threat to the validity of items inquiring about parental income, education or occupation. Ordinal regression analysis revealed that mother’s education and family structure were independent risk factors of lesser affluence. Participants whose mother had less than a post secondary degree were 2 to 3 times more likely to report lesser affluence and those who reported living in other than 2 parent families were 1.5 to 3 times more likely to report lesser affluence. The authors conclude that the FAS II is a useful measure of socioeconomic status for this population.


AdolescentSESFamily affluence scaleMother’s educationFamily structureValidity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Community Health and Epidemiology, Centre for Clinical ResearchDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada