Family Stress Measure (Foster Parents)


Scale name: Family Stress Measure


Scale overview

The five questions on the Family Stress Scale were rated on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from never to very often.


Author(s) Geiger, J. M., Hayes, M. J., & Lietz, C. A. (2013)

Items = 5

 Response Type: Likert-type, 5-point

 Sample item

How often have you experienced any of the following events:

1. Severe difficulties with your foster child's biological family/parents?

 Reliability/ Validity

Not reported in PsycTESTS entry.


The 5-items are listed in the PsycTESTS entry.

Geiger, J. M., Hayes, M. J., & Lietz, C. A. (2013). Family Stress Measure [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi:

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SCOPES domain = Social/relationships


Geiger, Jennifer Mullins, Hayes, Megan J., & Lietz, Cynthia A. (2013). Should I stay or should I go? A mixed methods study examining the factors influencing foster parents' decisions to continue or discontinue providing foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1356-1365. doi:

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Key Words: Parenting, Foster Parenting, Foster Parenting Stress, Foster Family Stress


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