Development of the Family Nurse caring belief scale (FNCBS)

Sonja J. Meiers, Patricia Tomlinson, Cynthia Peden-McAlpine

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Measurement of family nursing practice phenomena needs particular attention. This study develops a new instrument, Family Nursing Caring Belief Scale (FNCBS), that measures nurse attitudes regarding provision of family-sensitive care to families in crisis and establishes initial psychometric properties. Classical test theory was used to construct a discriminative, summative instrument for measuring nurse attitudes. Internal consistency reliability in a randomly selected sample (N = 163) of pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit nurses was estimated at .81 (Cronbach's α) and .78 (Guttman split half). A four-factor structure was revealed: ethical caring practices, systems orientation to family, child advocacy, and normalizing milieu. The FNCBS demonstrated concurrent (r = .57) and criterion-related validities. The FNCBS demonstrated sound psychometric properties with a child-rearing population of families and has the potential for future use in family nursing research, education, and practice. It requires further assessment before testing with an adult population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-502
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2007

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  • Family care
  • Instrumentation
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Methods
  • Nursing


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