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Psychometric analysis of Age and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE) among 3-year-olds
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
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2017 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 27, no Suppl_3, p. 173-174Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Mental health is an urgent public health challenge, and for some individuals the problem starts already in pre-school age. Increased knowledge is needed to guide evidence-based health-promoting interventions and early identification for adequate parental support. Valid and reliable instruments to measure children’s mental health are called for. Our aim is to analyze psychometric properties of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE) among 3-year-olds.

Methods: Within Child Health Care (CHC) in Västerbotten (Sweden) the 3-year-olds’ health check-up includes parent-rated socio-emotional health by scoring the ASQ:SE. This instrument has seven psychological domains (self-regulation, compliance, communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction); built up by 31 items, responded on a 3-point Likert scale with total scores 0-465. Item scores are combined into a total score with high values indicating social-emotional vulnerability. Most parents give informed consent for research and the study has ethical approval.

Results: During 2014-2016 we have ASQ:SE responses for 5434 children having had their 3-year health check-up (boys=2802, girls=2632), with total scores 0-215. Generally, boys scored higher (mean 31, SD 24; median 25) than girls (mean 25, SD 21; median 20), and 12% of boys, compared to 6% of girls, scored above the cut-off value (59). The internal consistency based on Cronbach’s alpha was 0.78. Confirmatory factor analysis was done and normative values were also reported for the ASQ:SE.

Conclusions: Our psychometric analyses of ASQ:SE among 3-year-olds indicates the relevance of an instrument for screening pre-school children’s social and emotional health. This is promising for future use of the instrument within ordinary CHC in Västerbotten and elsewhere.

Key messages:

  • The ASQ:SE instrument is a valuable asset within CHC to increase awareness about 3-year-olds social-emotional health.
  • The ASQ:SE instrument is a promising tool for low-cost screening of early social-emotional vulnerability.
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OXFORD UNIV PRESS , 2017. Vol. 27, no Suppl_3, p. 173-174
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143146DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx187.443ISI: 000414389801209OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-143146DiVA, id: diva2:1168487
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10th European Public Health Conference Sustaining resilient and healthy communities Stockholm, Sweden 1–4 November 2017
Available from: 2017-12-20 Created: 2017-12-20 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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Vaezghasemi, MasoudSundberg, LindaIvarsson, AnneliEurenius, EvaSilfverdal, Sven ArneLindkvist, Marie

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