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Validation and Predictive Ability of the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale for the Intensive In-Home Visitation Program in Kentucky

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Ramona F. Stone1Gerard M. Barber & Sarah Hendrix
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 5, Issue: 2, pp. 5-21
Date: December 2014
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: The Community Collaboration for Children (CCC) program is a complex initiative implemented in Kentucky by a
network of state and non-governmental agencies that provide intensive in-home services to families at risk for child
abuse and neglect. The primary focus of this program is to maintain children who are at risk of being removed from
their family, in their own homes while supporting and building family strengths in areas such as safety, stability, and
interaction skills. The program’s evaluation research design is longitudinal, data was collected quarterly by the
services providers, social and child workers. This paper focuses on the validation of the North Carolina Family
Assessment Scale (NCFAS), using the intake data collected from 1959 families who participated in the CCC intensive
in-home services during July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2009. NCFAS is a practice tool utilized by service
providers to assess families on five domains: environment, child wellbeing, family interaction, family safety and family
capability as related to child wellbeing. The factors extracted using two approaches - general factor analysis and a
congeneric, single-factor analysis- were used to test the predictive ability of each subscale using logic regression
analyses, while controlling for the intensity of in-home visitation services. Both factor analysis approaches yielded
valid and reliable results. Of the five NCFAS domains, the family interaction was the strongest predictor of case
outcome, assuming that families are provided with 11 to 20 hours of services.

Keywords: Family functioning; Family safety; Child wellbeing; Family preservation; Family permanency; In-Home
visitation; Scale validation; Reliability.

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