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Assessing the use of the Family Affluence scale among Irish school children

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Show simple item record Molcho, Michal Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse Kelleher, Cecily C. 2012-03-30T15:54:07Z 2012-03-30T15:54:07Z 2007-09
dc.identifier.citation Molcho, M., Nic Gabhainn, S., & Kelleher, C. (2007). Assessing the use of the Family Affluence scale among Irish School Children. Irish Medical Journal, 100(8), 37-39 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0332-3102
dc.identifier.issn 0021-129X
dc.identifier.issn 0304-5684
dc.description.abstract The objective of this analysis was to examine the answering rates, internal reliability and external validity of the Family Affluence Scale (FAS) employing data from the 2002 Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study HBSC; a cross-sectional survey of 8,424 Irish schoolchildren aged 10-18. Father's occupation was reported by 80.6% of the schoolchildren and 60.6% reported on mother's occupation, while over 96% reported on the FAS items. Lower answering rates on parental occupation were found among younger schoolchildren and among those with poorer material circumstances. Analysis of the FAS revealed a moderate internal reliability and FAS scores were signi$ cantly associated with reported parental occupation. The traditional SES measures su& er from poor answering rates that pose a serious methodological threat. The FAS has moderate internal reliability and does not capture the SES status in full, but it has high completion rates, and can be used as an additional measure of SES in late childhood and adolescence. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organisation en_US
dc.subject Family affluence scale en_US
dc.subject HBSC en_US
dc.subject Health behaviour in school-aged children en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion en_US
dc.title Assessing the use of the Family Affluence scale among Irish school children en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.local.publishedsource en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.funder Department of Health and Children (Health Promotion Unit) en_US

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