ERIC Number: ED183260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Components of Children's Health Status.
Eisen, Marvin; And Others
Measures of physical, mental, and social components of health status and general health ratings were studied for children ages 0-4 (N=679) and 5-13 (N=1473). Questionnaires were completed by adult proxies (usually mothers) in three generally healthy populations. Hypothesized multi-item scales were tested; reliability was estimated and preliminary attempts at validation were undertaken. Items in ten scales pertaining to mental health, general health and parental satisfaction with child development satisfied Likert-type and discriminant validity criteria. Because functional limitation items were endorsed for very few children, scales to measure physical health could not be tested. Almost all other scales were sufficiently reliable for group comparisions; reliability coefficients were lower in the most disadvantaged population. Interrelationships among scales and validity variables generally supported their construct validity and supported a multi-component model of children's health status. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Children, Demography, Infants, Measurement Instruments, Mental Health, Models, Physical Health, Rating Scales, Reliability, Social Influences, Validity
Rand Corporation, Publications Department, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90406 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.