General attitudes towards marriage scale: Psychometric properties in Malaysian adolescents of divorced families

Fam, Jia Yuin * and Siti, Nor Yaacob and Rumaya Juhairi, and Zarinah Arshat, and Firdaus Mukhtar, (2017) General attitudes towards marriage scale: Psychometric properties in Malaysian adolescents of divorced families. Journal of Child and Family Studies. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1062 1024

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Attitudes towards marriage in adolescence may influence the relationship quality in later years. There exist many measures of attitudes towards marriage which were validated among adolescents from two-parent family in the Western context. There is a need to validate measure of attitudes towards marriage in different countries. This study examined the psychometric properties of the Malay version of General Attitudes towards Marriage Scale (GAMS) in a sample of 480 adolescents from divorced families in Malaysia. Exploratory factor analysis yielded a two-factor structure of GAMS, which explained for 60% of the variance. Additionally, the two-factor structure of GAMS demonstrated good fit to data in the confirmatory factor analysis (TLI=.941, CFI=.958, RMSEA=.087, and χ2/ df = 4.615). Overall, the GAMS exhibited good internal consistency (α = .901), which supports the reliability of the instrument. The significant relationships between GAMS and other constructs also provided evidences to the convergent validity (r = .761, p < .001 with intent to marry, r = -.170, p < .001 with overt inter-parental conflict, and r = .523, p < .001 with mother-adolescent relationship). Significant gender difference was found in the report of GAMS (t=-2.265, p<.05). Thus, the translated GAMS is a reliable, valid, and practical instrument to measure attitudes towards marriage among Malaysian adolescents in divorced family setting.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First author is with Centre for Commercial Law and Justice, Sunway University Business School; 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th authors are with Universiti Putra Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitudes towards marriage; psychometric; adolescent; divorced family General Attitudes towards Marriage Scale (GAMS)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > Sunway University Business School > Centre for Commercial Law & Justice
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2017 09:00
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 07:40

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