Title

Replication Evidence in Support of the Psychometric Properties of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Keywords

devereux early childhood assessment, school readiness, protective factor scales, psychometrics

Abstract

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.

Recommended Citation

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.

DOI for the article

10.1177/0829573509334914

Department

Psychology

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