Psychometrics of family empowerment scale scores for caregivers of youth transitioning from therapeutic residential care

Matthew C. Lambert, Alexandra L. Trout, Jacqueline Huscroft-D’Angelo, Kristin Duppong Hurley

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The Family Empowerment Scale (FES) is one of the most widely used measures for assessing the empowerment of caregivers of youth with emotional difficulties. The purpose of this study was to examine the internal factor structure, score reliability, and convergent validity of the FES scores with caregivers of youth who had recently departed therapeutic residential care. Results indicated that the hypothesized three-factor model fit the data adequately with caveats. FES scores were reliable based on coefficient alpha and omega, and evidence of convergent validity with caregiver self-efficacy was moderate to strong.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020



  • Empowerment
  • caregiver
  • psychometrics
  • therapeutic residential care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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