The development and validation of Australian indices of child development — part II : validity support

Sanson, Ann V., Hawkins, Mary T., Misson, Sebastian and LSAC Research Consortium 2010, The development and validation of Australian indices of child development — part II : validity support, Child indicators research, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 293-312, doi: 10.1007/s12187-009-9049-3.

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Title The development and validation of Australian indices of child development — part II : validity support
Author(s) Sanson, Ann V.
Hawkins, Mary T.
Misson, Sebastian
LSAC Research Consortium
Journal name Child indicators research
Volume number 3
Issue number 3
Start page 293
End page 312
Publisher Springer, The Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2010-07
ISSN 1874-897X
Keyword(s) developmental indicators
infant development
child development
outcome index
Summary The two outcome indices described in a companion paper (Sanson et al., Child Indicators Research, 2009) were developed using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). These indices, one for infants and the other for 4 year to 5 year old children, were designed to fill the need for parsimonious measures of children’s developmental status to be used in analyses by a broad range of data users and to guide government policy and interventions to support young children’s optimal development. This paper presents evidence from Wave 1data from LSAC to support the validity of these indices and their three domain scores of Physical, Social/Emotional, and Learning. Relationships between the indices and child, maternal, family, and neighborhood factors which are known to relate concurrently to child outcomes were examined. Meaningful associations were found with the selected variables, thereby demonstrating the usefulness of the outcome indices as tools for understanding children’s development in their family and socio-cultural contexts. It is concluded that the outcome indices are valuable tools for increasing understanding of influences on children’s development, and for guiding policy and practice to optimize children’s life chances.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12187-009-9049-3
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2009, Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
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