Assessing the Child's Cognitive Home Environment Through Parental Report: Reliability and Validity

Benard P. Dreyer, Alan L. Mendelsohn, Catherine Tamis-Lemonda

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Abstract

In a series of investigations with poor minority families, we examined the reliability and validity of the StimQ, an office-based interview of children's cognitive home environment. Researchers and practitioners alike recognize the importance of assessing meaningful dimensions of children's early experiences, particularly in families where children may be at risk for later cognitive delay. To date, methodological approaches to the study of parenting have most often relied on home visits and/or labour-intensive observations and coding. Our findings suggest that valid and reliable data about the cognitive environments of poor children can be obtained through maternal report, thereby offering applied scientists a useful alternative to assessing children's early experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-287
Number of pages17
JournalInfant and Child Development
Volume5
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

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Keywords

  • Child development
  • Cognitive home environment
  • Early childhood
  • Maternal sensitivity

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Assessing the Child's Cognitive Home Environment Through Parental Report : Reliability and Validity. / Dreyer, Benard P.; Mendelsohn, Alan L.; Tamis-Lemonda, Catherine.

In: Infant and Child Development, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1996, p. 271-287.

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