The development and validation of a measure of parent-reported child health and morbidity: The Warwick Child Health and Morbidity Profile
UNSPECIFIED (1996) The development and validation of a measure of parent-reported child health and morbidity: The Warwick Child Health and Morbidity Profile. CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT, 22 (6). pp. 367-379. ISSN 0305-1862Full text not available from this repository.
Objective: to validate a simple instrument for the measurement of parent-reported health and morbidity in infancy and childhood suitable for research and service planning purposes and capable of measuring both cross-sectional and longitudinal health and morbidity experience in a child population. Setting: child health clinic (CHC), child development unit (CDU) and paediatric outpatient department (OPD) in Coventry. Design: 3-phase field testing to establish test-retest reliability, validity and inter-observer variation of the instrument. Field testing samples: phases 1 and 2; 188 parents of pre-school children attending one of the three health service settings -CHC, CDU or paediatric OPD; phase 3; 40 parents of preschool children attending CHCs. Methods: test-retest reliability of each domain of the WCHMP was estimated using weighted Kappa; criterion validity was estimated for selected domains against health records; construct validity against medically plausible constructs was tested by comparing responses between domains; inter-observer variation was estimated using weighted Kappa. Results: the test-retest reliability of the WCHMP varied from 'moderate' for behaviour, functional health and life quality status to 'very good' for acute significant illness and hospital admission status; criterion and construct validity were high; weighted Kappas for all domains for inter-observe variation between the researcher and family health visitor were in the 'good' to 'very good' range and inter-observer variation remained unaffected by change in the order of administration of the WCHMP. Conclusions: the WCHMP is a simple measure of parent-reported health and illness which, on field-testing, has been shown to be reliable and valid with low inter-observer variation. After further development and validation including incorporation into the parent-held record, it should be suitable for use in infancy and early childhood to collect cross-sectional and longitudinal health and morbidity data for research and service planning purposes.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
|Journal or Publication Title:||CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL SCIENCE LTD|
|Number of Pages:||13|
|Page Range:||pp. 367-379|
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