Cross-cultural validity of a naturalistic observational assessment of children’s hand skills: A study using Rasch analysis

Chien, Chi-Wen, Brown, Ted and McDonald, Rachael (2011) Cross-cultural validity of a naturalistic observational assessment of children’s hand skills: A study using Rasch analysis. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43 7: 631-637. doi:10.2340/16501977-0827

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Author Chien, Chi-Wen
Brown, Ted
McDonald, Rachael
Title Cross-cultural validity of a naturalistic observational assessment of children’s hand skills: A study using Rasch analysis
Journal name Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1650-1977
1651-2081
Publication date 2011-06-14
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2340/16501977-0827
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 43
Issue 7
Start page 631
End page 637
Total pages 7
Place of publication Uppsala, Sweden
Publisher Stiftelsen Rehabiliteringsinformation / Foundation for Rehabilitation Information
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To investigate cross-cultural validity of a newly developed Assessment of Children’s Hand Skills (ACHS) in children with and without disabilities.

Subjects:
One group of 138 Australian children and 134 Taiwanese children, age range 2−12 years (a total of 149 typically developing children and 123 children with disabilities).

Methods:
Rasch model analysis was used to evaluate rating scale performance, person-fit, and item unidimensionality of pooled data from the ACHS. Rasch-based differential item functioning was used to evaluate differences in item difficulties between cultural groups.

Results
: The appropriateness of the ACHS 6-level rating scale was confirmed in the pooled analysis. All 22 activity items and 19 of 20 hand skill items in the ACHS formed a unidimensional scale. The ACHS exhibited reasonable response patterns when applied to the composite sample of Australian and Taiwanese children. Differential item functioning was found in 7 activity items and 7 hand skill items.

Conclusion:
The ACHS can be used to assess and compare children’s hand skills across Australian and Taiwanese cultural contexts with confidence. Adjustment for differential item functioning may be used when pooling or comparing ACHS data from these cultural groups.
Keyword Motor skills
Children
Psychometrics
Outcome assessment (healthcare)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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