A new version of the HBSC Family Affluence Scale - FAS III: Scottish qualitative findings from the International FAS Development Study

Jane E. K. Hartley, Kate Levin, Candace Currie

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Abstract

A critical review of the Family Affluence Scale (FAS) concluded that FAS II was no longer discriminatory within very rich or very poor countries, where a very high or a very low proportion of children were categorised as high FAS or low FAS respectively (Currie et al. 2008). The review concluded that a new version of FAS - FAS III - should be developed to take into account current trends in family consumption patterns across the European region, the US and Canada. In 2012, the FAS Development and Validation Study was conducted in eight countries - Denmark, Greenland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Scotland. This paper describes the Scottish qualitative findings from this study. The Scottish qualitative fieldwork comprising cognitive interviews and focus groups sampled from 11, 13 and 15 year-old participants from 18 of the most- and least- economically deprived schools. These qualitative results were used to inform the final FAS III recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-245
Number of pages13
JournalChild Indicators Research
Volume9
Issue number1
Early online date2 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • health inequalities
  • Family affluence scale
  • health behaviours
  • qualitative research
  • validation
  • adolescents
  • health indicators
  • health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC)

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