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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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RUEDA-JAIMES, Germán Eduardo; CORREAL, Stefany  and  CAMACHO LOPEZ, Paul Anthony. Internal Consistency and Factors Analysis of the Family Emotional Involvement and Criticism Scale (FEICS) in Bucaramanga, Colombia. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.36, n.3, pp.429-438. ISSN 0034-7450.

Objective: To establish the internal consistency and the construct validity of the FEICS in patients with schizophrenia and others diagnoses from Bucaramanga, Colombia. Methods: Validation study of an instrument without a gold standard. The FEICS was administered to 252 patients diagnosed by psychiatrists of two mental health institutions. The internal consistency was evaluated with Cronbach's alpha and the construct validity through factorial analysis by the method of the main components. Results: The age average of the participants was 40.17±13.96 years old, 60.71% were women. In the patients with schizophrenia two factors were observed that explained 39.94% of variance and in the non schizophrenics three factors explained 45.69% of variance. The internal consistency in the total sample, in the critic scale and in the involvement scale of the FEICS was 0.68, 0.50 and 0.70 respectively. Conclusions: The FEICS's involvement scale had a good internal consistency in contrast to the critic scale which has a poor internal consistency. The FEICS's factorial structure changes according to the culture and the type of diagnosis, therefore we do not recommend its use without a previous criterion validation.

Keywords : Expressed emotion; family relations; validation studies; FEICS.

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