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ERIC Number: EJ1065229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
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ISSN: ISSN-0896-3746
Adaptation from Paper-Pencil to Web-Based Administration of a Parent-Completed Developmental Questionnaire for Young Children
Yovanoff, Paul; Squires, Jane; McManus, Suzanne
Infants and Young Children, v26 n4 p318-332 Oct-Dec 2013
Adapting traditional paper-pencil instruments to computer-based environments has received considerable attention from the research community due to the possible administration mode effects on obtained measures. When differences due to mode of completion (i.e., paper-pencil, computer-based) are present, threats to measurement validity are posed. In this research, administration mode effects of web-based and conventional paper-pencil versions of a parent-completed developmental questionnaire, the "Ages & Stages Questionnaires" ("ASQ"), were estimated. Setting this study apart from similar studies reported in the literature, the "ASQ" requires parents to observe and rate their children's behavior. Most measures adapted for web-based administration are not observational. Using item response model invariance testing procedures, analyses tested whether "ASQ" items administered via the Internet function differently from corresponding traditional paper-pencil items. Analyzing the 4-, 12-, and 24-month "ASQ" intervals, statistically significant differences (i.e., "DIF," or "differential item functioning") were obtained on 10 of the 90 items examined in this study. Although "DIF" was observed for some items, the overall "DIF" model was rejected for all domains. On the basis of these results, the paper-pencil and web-based measures can be considered equivalent and the mode effect is not present; "ASQ" measures obtained from either mode are therefore interchangeable. Noteworthy remedies are considered for web-based administration of the 10 specific items lacking invariance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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