Measuring positive memories of home and family during childhood: The development and initial validation of the ‘Memories of Home and Family Scale’

Mark Shevlin, Enya Redican, Eoin McElroy, Menachem Ben-Ezra, Thanos Karatzias, Philip Hyland

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Abstract

There is a burgeoning evidence base highlighting the positive influence of benevolent childhood experiences (BCEs), even in the context of adversity. However, few measures are available to assess BCEs. The current study sought to develop and validate a measure which assesses positive recollections of experiences and emotions at home and with family during childhood called the ‘Memories of Home and Family Scale’(MHFS). Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was employed to test the latent structure of the preliminary MHFS item scores in a sample of university students from the United Kingdom (N = 624). Following selection of the best-fitting model and final items for inclusion in the scale, total and subscale scores were correlated with a range of mental health outcomes. CFA results indicated that the latent structure of the MHFS items was best represented by a correlated six-factor first-order model. The final MHFS demonstrated high levels of internal reliability and convergent validity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22255-22264
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume42
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Keywords

  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Benevolent childhood experiences
  • Resilience

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