A general theory for perceptual indicators of family life quality

Kathryn D. Rettig*, Ronit D. Leichtentritt

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The paper presents Foa and Foa's Resource Theory (1974) that was used to develop a self-report, multidimensional measure of family well-being, an indicator of family life quality. Facet theory methods of sentence mapping provided an explicit way to explain how theoretical constructs were translated to operational measures, and a rationale for the use of multidimensional scaling analysis to verify the circular structure of resource classes proposed by the theory. Results of the analyses confirmed the theoretical propositions for a sample of 560 adults and indicated a better fit of the data for women's, compared to the men's model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-342
Number of pages36
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Montana Agricultural Experiment Station52-058, 52-055, 52-054


    • Facet theory
    • Family life quality
    • Family well-being
    • Multidimensional scaling
    • Resource theory


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