Initial Validation of a Brief Pictorial Measure of Caregiver Aggression: The Family Aggression Screening Tool

Charlotte A M Cecil, Eamon J McCrory, Essi Viding, George W Holden, Edward D Barker

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Abstract

In the present study, we report on the development and initial psychometric properties of the Family Aggression Screening Tool (FAST). The FAST is a brief, self-report tool that makes use of pictorial representations to assess experiences of caregiver aggression, including direct victimization and exposure to intimate partner violence. It is freely available on request and takes under 5 minutes to complete. Psychometric properties of the FAST were investigated in a sample of 168 high-risk youth aged 16 to 24 years. For validation purposes, maltreatment history was assessed using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire; levels of current psychiatric symptoms were also assessed. Internal consistency of the FAST was good. Convergent validity was supported by strong and discriminative associations with corresponding Childhood Trauma Questionnaire subscales. The FAST also correlated significantly with multi-informant reports of psychiatric symptomatology. Initial findings provide support for the reliability and validity of the FAST as a brief, pictorial screening tool of caregiver aggression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-320
JournalAssessment
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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