Replication Evidence in Support of the Psychometric Properties of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment
devereux early childhood assessment, school readiness, protective factor scales, psychometrics
The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) was developed to assess the social-emotional functioning of preschool children. The developers of the DECA report initial validity and reliability evidence in support of the use of the instrument with 2- to 5-year-old children across the United States. There is further need to collect independent validity and reliability evidence in support of the use of the DECA for its intended uses. DECA data collected from the parents and teachers of 780 kindergarten students (age 5.0 to 5.11) from a rural Midwestern area of the United States were analyzed. The resulting internal consistency, interrater reliability, and factor structure estimates were generally consistent with what was reported by the DECA authors.
Jaberg, Peter E., David J. Dixon, and Glenna M. Weis. "Replication evidence in support of the psychometric properties of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment." Canadian Journal of School Psychology 24, no. 2 (2009): 158-166.
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