ERIC Number: ED342504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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A Normative Study of Development in Context: Growth toward Independence in Social Function Skills of Young Children.
Haltiwanger, Jane; Coster, Wendy
This study used checklist and interview methods to assess the normative development of children's social function skills. Participants included a large, cross-sectional sample of parents of normal children ranging in age from 6 months to 7.5 years. Parents completed the checklist portion of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disabilities Inventory, a measure of functional skills in the social function domain. Parents were then interviewed about the level of assistance they routinely provided the child for each skill on the checklist. Results provided the normative age ranges for acquisition of 65 social function skills used in the first 7 years of life. An analysis of the data indicated that children who made "passing" scores for skills on the checklist still received at least minimal assistance or supervision. These children were often unable to master the same skills independently until years later. It is recommended that careful attention be paid to contextual support variables in the use of checklist data on social function skills. Included are several tables of related material. Five references are appended. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
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