Preliminary Psychometrics and Potential Big Data Uses of the U.S. Army Family Global Assessment Tool

Kathrine S. Sullivan, Stacy A. Hawkins, Tamika D. Gilreath, Carl A. Castro

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The purpose of the present study is to explore the psychometric properties of the U.S. Army’s Family Global Assessment Tool (GAT), which assesses the psychosocial fitness of Army families. With data from 1,692 Army spouses, we examined the structure, reliability and validity of the GAT, using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and two validity studies. Fifty-three items and 9 factors were retained following CFA. This model provided a good fit, and scales demonstrated strong internal consistency. Bivariate correlations and results from a theoretically driven model provide preliminary evidence of validity. Findings support the usefulness of the GAT for measuring psychosocial fitness of Army spouses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-85
Number of pages12
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020



  • Army
  • Family
  • Marriage Relations/Divorce/Remarriage
  • Parenthood/Parent-Adult Child Relations
  • Psychometrics
  • Resilience
  • Spouses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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