Development and Validation of a Scale for Measuring Family Happiness

Taştan K., Fakirullah P., ARDIÇ C.

Eastern Journal of Medical Sciences, vol.3, no.3, pp.34-38, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: Eastern Journal of Medical Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.34-38
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: We aimed to develop a subjective family happiness scale and analyzed its validation and reliability. Methods: To develop, a scale for measuring subjective family happiness, an item pool was created. A 19-item scale was formed using Delphi rounds and seeking expert opinions. The instrument was applied to 300 participants >18 years of age. Six items were excluded according to participant opinions (n=2) or due to low factor loads (n=4). Results: Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin coefficient was found as 0.93, and the Cronbach Alpha internal reliability coefficient was calculated as 0.93. Exploratory factor analysis confirmed that the scale had a two-dimension structure and these dimensions were named as „happiness? and „unhappiness?. Conclusion: The scale was valid and reliable for the measurement of subjective family happiness in family members of >18 years. This instrument can be utilized by family physicians, family counsellors, family therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists in making decisions about the problems related to the families .