ERIC Number: ED380510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
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A Review of the Middle Childhood Home Inventory.
Grossman, Barry G.
The Middle Childhood HOME (MC-HOME) Inventory is designed to measure the quality and quantity of stimulation and support available to a child in the home environment. It is an interview/questionnaire that is individually administered to the primary caregiver while the target child is awake and present. The instrument is intended to be a sensitive environmental index that can reflect meaningful variation within lower socioeconomic status groups. The MC-HOME inventory consists of 59 items and 7 subscales. The inventory is easy to administer and score, despite some limitations in its manual. Norms are based on a sample of 124 black and white children and their families from Little Rock (Arkansas). Despite limitations, the instrument appears to be a valuable way to measure the environment. Its heightened sensitivity in the lower ranges of ability makes it suitable for at-risk environments. The instrument lacks the true psychometric qualities that classical test construction methods would normally provide, but remains a useful tool for evaluation of the environment. (Contains 7 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Blacks, Child Caregivers, Children, Early Childhood Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Evaluation Methods, Family Environment, Measurement Techniques, Parents, Questionnaires, Social Support Groups, Socioeconomic Status, Test Construction, Test Content, Test Reviews, Test Selection, Test Use, Test Validity, Whites
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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