Focus groups were used in order to develop a new measure of adolescents' emotional autonomy from parents. The procedure started from an in depth analysis of the literature concerning the construct and a definition of the dimensions which characterize it. Following our idea of the construct, we developed a list of 60 items, getting some of them from existing instruments. Twenty-four adolescents participated in the focus group discussions about the adequacy of the items to measure emotional autonomy. Following their feedbacks a second version of the list with 59 items was presented in a focus group with experts in the field of developmental and clinical psychology, who were called to judge the ability of each item to evaluate the construct. Resulting from the indications emerged in this discussion, a final version of the scale with 66 items was developed and called UNIPA Adolescent Emotional Autonomy Inventory.
Focus Group, Emotional Autonomy, Adolescence, Parent-Adolescent Relationship, Scale Development
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Lo Cricchio, M., Lo Coco, A., Ingoglia, S., Liga, F., Di Maria, R., Inguglia, C., & Musso, P. (2016). Using Focus Group in the Development of UNIPA Emotional Autonomy Inventory. The Qualitative Report, 21(2), 393-406. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol21/iss2/13