A child-centered scale of informal social control for Latino parents of preschool-age children: development and validation

Cerin, Ester, O'Connor, Teresia M., Mendoza, Jason A., Thompson, Deborah I., Lee, Rebecca E., Hughes, Sheryl O. and Baranowski, Tom 2015, A child-centered scale of informal social control for Latino parents of preschool-age children: development and validation, Hispanic journal of behavioral sciences, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 541-559, doi: 10.1177/0739986315601616.

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Title A child-centered scale of informal social control for Latino parents of preschool-age children: development and validation
Author(s) Cerin, Ester
O'Connor, Teresia M.
Mendoza, Jason A.
Thompson, Deborah I.
Lee, Rebecca E.
Hughes, Sheryl O.
Baranowski, Tom
Journal name Hispanic journal of behavioral sciences
Volume number 37
Issue number 4
Start page 541
End page 559
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-11
ISSN 0739-9863
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Psychology
preschool-age children
Latino
physical activity
informal social control
factorial structure
COVARIANCE STRUCTURE-ANALYSIS
PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
COLLECTIVE EFFICACY
BUILT ENVIRONMENT
YOUNG-CHILDREN
CRIME
PERCEPTIONS
RELIABILITY
TRACKING
OBESITY
Summary Perceived neighborhood informal social control may determine whether parents allow their young children to be physically active in the neighborhood. We developed and validated a scale of neighborhood child-centered informal social control appropriate for Latino parents of preschool-age children. The scale was administered to 240 Latino parents, mainly mothers, recruited from neighborhoods cross-stratified by objectively measured crime and traffic safety. Participants completed measures of community cohesion, perceived signs of physical and social disorder, traffic safety and hazards, and perceived stranger danger. A subsample was reassessed 1 week later to determine test-retest reliability. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) were conducted to examine the fit of the data to a priori measurement models. Construct validity was assessed by estimating the associations of the scale with the other measures. The scale showed good test-retest reliability, and factorial and construct validity. The scale needs to be cross-validated on other samples and Latino fathers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0739986315601616
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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