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Parent-Completed Developmental Screening: Validity, Reliability and Utility of the 6-Year Ages and Stages Questionnaire
by Singh, Ajay, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2015, 137; 3700447
Abstract (Summary)

The psychometric properties of a parent-completed developmental questionnaire for children at 6 years of age were investigated. Currently, few developmental screening instruments for 6-year-old children have been validated, and most available instruments are designed to be completed by teachers or professionals, who may not witness an optimal sample of child behavior. Thus a screening tool with robust psychometric properties is needed that can be completed by parents or caregivers who see the child across settings and time. A total of 169 children participated in this research. Data collection included online and paper completion during well child visits, in clinics, at preschool programs, and in parents' homes. A random subsample was asked to participate in reliability and convergent validity studies. Cronbach's alpha coefficient was used to measure internal consistency reliability. Results indicated a Cronbach alpha of agreement with the Child Development Inventory was used. A Confirmatory Factor Analysis with categorical data confirmed the 6-Year Ages and Stages Questionnaire domains, e.g., communication, personal social, fine motor, gross motor, and problem solving. Limitations of the current study and directions for future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Squires, Jane
Commitee: Bullis, Michael, Eisert, Debra, Olson, Deborah
School: University of Oregon
Department: Special Education and Clinical Sciences
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Educational leadership, Special education
Keywords: 6-year ages and stages questionnaire, Confirmatory factor analysis, Developmental screening, Early identification, Elementary school, Psychometric properties, School age children, Validity and reliability
Publication Number: 3700447
ISBN: 978-1-321-70406-8
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