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Présentation de l'adaptation française de 'l'échelle de coparentage' de McHale pour familles avec jeunes enfants. (Presentation of the french adaptation of McHale’s coparenting scale for families with young children).

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James P. McHale

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January 2009

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January 2012


The aim of this paper is to present McHale’s coparenting scale, a self-administered questionnaire enabling assessment of the quality of coparenting, and first steps in structural and construct validation of the French version. A total of 41 French speaking Swiss families and 84 US families completed this questionnaire and the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, a measure of marital satisfaction. The results of the Swiss families correspond to those of US families: first, items distributed into four factors (family integrity, conflict, affection and disparagement) and second, a partial link was found between quality of coparenting and marital adjustment. This finding supports the construct validity of the questionnaire, reflecting the established link between these two family sub-systems. Given that coparenting quality has a major influence on children’s socio-affective development, the questionnaire will find great use in assessing not just negative features of coparenting, such as conflicts and disparagement, but also positive components such as warmth and support. This will be an important asset for research as well as clinical purposes.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Neuropsychiatrie De L'enfance Et De L'adolescence, 57(3), 221-226. doi:10.1016/j.neurenf.2008.11.005 Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.




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