Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 145–159 | Cite as

The family of origin scale: A construct validation study

  • Bruce A. Ryan
  • George F. Kawash
  • Marshall Fine
  • Blaine Powel
The Contemporary Scence: Theory and Research


Data from 69 women and 63 men along with ratings from a panel of expert judges were used to assess the construct validity of the Family Of Origin Scale as a measure of family health. Loevinger's conception of construct validity, focusing on the substantive, structural, and external components of validity, was employed to organize the research procedures followed and the data analytic techniques used. Results showed that the instrument appears to be a useful measure of a warmth-coldness affect dimension in the family of origin, but the multi-dimensional structure of the test, as a measure of family-of-origin health, could not be validated. Suggestions for use, score interpretation, and further development are discussed.

Key words

family-of-origin validity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce A. Ryan
    • 1
  • George F. Kawash
    • 1
  • Marshall Fine
    • 1
  • Blaine Powel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family StudiesUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Intersect Youth and Family ServicesPrince GeorgeCanada

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