Reliability& Validity page


Reliability & Validity

The Family Map was developed on a strong foundation of research. We continue to evaluate the usefulness. Our studies support the reliability of the Family Map. Internal consistency estimates are generally greater than .7. Evidence of validity is examined in multiple ways. Rates of families/children identified as experiencing specific conditions were consistent with other studies and national estimates. While rates of some concerns were lower than was likely for the general population (e.g. substance abuse problems), anecdotal reports from the use of the EC-Family Map indicated parents return to teachers and request help with more sensitive topics (e.g., exposure to violence) even when not reporting problems at the initial contact.

Construct validity has also been examined for a subset of key measures, and direct observation confirmed several questions. As predicted, most key measures were related to theorized constructs as expected. This is remarkable in that the risk indicators were dichotomous (risk/not) and, therefore, the power to observe significant relationships is limited. A strength of the validity examination was the confirmation of the home environment using the observational measure by trained researchers. Several key indicators of safety were confirmed using observational assessments after the educator conducted the Family Map interview.

Downloads to learn more:

Summary of Development of The Family Map

Summary of Validation Studies

Summary of Family Map as an ACES Screen

This training was very informative and shed a different light on Family Map! I hope that this training/trainer is used often. The manual is great and will be useful for all purposes!


“…it has been a great tool so far and helped us a lot to set the direction and guidelines when developing our family service plan.”


“…We are so excited to implement this tool…”


“…It has created a culture of openness and trust between our parents and staff. Through the Family Map process parents come to understand that we genuinely care about their family’s overall well-being…”


“…Initially, several teachers were resistant to using the Family Map, but they changed their minds after they saw how well it helped them to get to know their families better…”


“…I think it can open a conversation up about what people might need in addition to what they are already doing or what they seem to be missing…”


“My teacher really showed concern.”


“I really like how thorough they are…”


“The teacher showed concern…”


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Little Rock, ARKANSAS

Phone: 901-235-5291