Patients completed a modified Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale (CES-D) and the Family APGAR
scale, a measure of family support.
The level of family functioning was measured with the Family APGAR (Smilkstein, Ashworth, & Montano, 1982) for parents and the Revised Family APGAR (Austin & Huberty, 1989) for children.
Revision of the Family APGAR for use by 8-year-olds.
Validity and reliability of the family APGAR as a test of family function.
The Family APGAR, the Family Discord Scale from the Family Invulnerability Test, and the Family Quality of Life Scale were used to validate the FDIS as a measure of the impact of illness upon family functioning.
Scores were high to medium on the Family APGAR (range = 5-15; mean = 13.
Although the correlation coefficients were not high, the FDIS correlated significantly in the expected direction with all measures of family functioning: Family APGAR, r = -.
Family APGAR The Family APGAR is a five-item instrument that assesses the respondent's view that the family is either a psychosocial resource or lacking in social support (Sawin & Harrigan, 1994).
The simplified version of the Family APGAR or an interview may be an appropriate alternative.