Development and validation of an early childhood development scale for use in low-resourced settings

by Dana Charles McCoy, Christopher R. Sudfeld, David C. Bellinger et al.
Population Health Metrics, 2017 15:3 – Published: 9 February 2017

18 pp. 2.6 MB

Low-cost, cross-culturally comparable measures of the motor, cognitive, and socio-emotional skills of children under 3 years remain scarce. In the present paper, the authors aim to develop a new caregiver-reported early childhood development (ECD) scale designed to be implemented as part of household surveys in low-resourced settings. Results of this study provide empirical support from a low-income country setting (Tanzania) for the acceptability, reliability, and validity of a new caregiver-reported ECD scale. Additional research is needed to test these and other caregiver reported items in children in the full 0 to 3 year range across multiple cultural and linguistic settings.

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