ERIC Number: ED370959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Parent and Professional Attitudes about the (IFSP) Individualized Family Service Plan: A Preliminary Report.
Royeen, Charlotte Brasic; And Others
This paper is a preliminary report on the development of alternate forms of an attitude scale to assess parents' and professionals' views toward the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process, a process evolving as a result of Federal regulations regarding early-intervention services. Development of the set of attitude scales is unique in that: (1) parents and professionals are considered as equals with different forms of the instrument having comparable content with minor changes in phrasing, and (2) alternate instrument forms allow for long-range, repeated measures of how attitudes change over time in response to implementation of a Federal mandate, the IFSP. The item development for scale construction is reported, as well as the method by which six alternate forms (three for use with parents and three for use with professionals) were constructed. Forms were developed with the input of 18 parents and professionals in focus groups, and versions of the test were tested on 54 parents and 60 professionals. Continued lines of research for psychometric validation of the reliability of the instruments is identified for future research. An appendix presents the scales. (Contains 27 references and 9 figures). (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Delivery Systems, Early Intervention, Federal Legislation, Individualized Family Service Plans, Item Analysis, Measurement Techniques, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Professional Personnel, Psychometrics, Services, Test Construction, Test Format, Test Items, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Focus Groups Approach
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).