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

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posted on 2010-07-01, 00:00 authored by A Sanson, Mary Hawkins, S Misson, LSAC Research Consortium
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.

History

Journal

Child indicators research

Volume

3

Issue

3

Pagination

293 - 312

Publisher

Springer, The Netherlands

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1874-897X

eISSN

1874-8988

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, Springer Science + Business Media B.V.

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