Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections, Companion Volume of Related Papers. Appendix A

08/01/2004

 

Recommendations of Survey Items

1. Communication and interactions during activities
Source: Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted by the OECD.
 
Cultural Communication.

In general, how often do your parents:

Circle only one number in each row.

  Never A few times a year About once a month Several times a month Several times a week Every Day
Discuss political or social issues with you? 1 2 3 4 5 6
Discuss books, films or television programs with you? 1 2 3 4 5 6
Listen to classical music with you? 1 2 3 4 5 6
 
Social Communication.

In general, how often do your parents:

Circle only one number in each row.

  Never A few times a year About once a month Several times a month Several times a week Every Day
Discuss how well you are doing at school? 1 2 3 4 5 6
Eat dinner with you around a table? 1 2 3 4 5 6
Spend time just talking to you? 1 2 3 4 5 6
 
 
2. Family routines and rituals
Meal and car time (Developed by Child Trends)
 
  • We have one meal together as a family.
    • Everyday  Almost everyday  A couple of times a week   Once a week  Less than once a week.
  • Dinner time is an opportunity for each of us to talk about our day and find out how we are doing.
    • Strongly agree  Agree  Disagree  Strongly Disagree
  • Time in the car together is an opportunity to talk things over with each other.
    • Strongly agree  Agree  Disagree  Strongly Disagree
Several items developed by Fiese and Kline are worth considering (Fiese and Kline 1991). A sample of such items include:
  • Think of how your family typically acts or participates during these events. Read the two statements and choose the one that is most like your family. After choosing the statement that is most like your family, decide if the statement is really true or sort of true for your family. Circle the letter that best describes your current family.

For our family:

     

For our family:

Really
true
Sort of true       Really
true
Sort of true
A B 1. Some families rarely spend weekends together BUT Other families regularly spend weekends together C D
             
A B 2. Some families regularly spend vacations together BUT Other families rarely spend vacations together C D
             
A B 3. In some families everyone has a job or task to do BUT In other families people do what needs to be done and take turns C D
A B 4. Some families have regular and several annual celebrations BUT For other families there are few annual celebrations or they are rarely observed C D
A B 5. Some families observe cultural traditions BUT Other families rarely observe cultural traditions C D

 

Family traditions and history (Developed by Child Trends)

  • In our family, there are traditions associated with how we celebrate the holidays.
    • Often  Seldom  Never  Only on special occasions
  • My family and I get together and look through family albums and watch family videos.
    • Strongly agree  Agree  Disagree  Strongly Disagree
  • Please tell me whether this is true or false:
    • In my family, we celebrate birthdays together as a family every year.
      In my family, the adults share stories about their childhood.
      In my family, children and adults talk about their family history.

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