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Developing a parent report measure of social cognition from birth to 3 years

Nurmsoo, Erika (2017) Developing a parent report measure of social cognition from birth to 3 years. In: LCICD 2017: Lancaster international conference on infant and early child development, 23-25 Aug 2017, Lancaster, UK. (Unpublished) (KAR id:62984)

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While social cognition has traditionally been measured with lab tasks (e.g., Carpenter, et al., 1998), recently, Tahiroglu et al (2014) have developed the

Children’s Social Understanding Scale for 3- to 5-year-olds. They found parents reliably report socio-cognitive development. To examine earlier

socio-cognitive development, we have created a parent-report measure of social cognition from birth to 3 years, the Early Social Cognition Scale (ESCS).

In study 1 (exploratory, N=230) parents of 0- to 47-month-olds completed the 23-question ESCS online. Questions determined children’s level of social

cognition, e.g., “Does your child follow where you point to look at the same things as you?” and, “Does your child understand what it means for others to

make mistakes? E.g., that they dropped a plate by accident.” One item did not correlate with the total score, “Does your child like to look at faces?”

since it was at ceiling, so was dropped. The remaining 22 items correlated with the total score with Spearman’s rho>.3, p<.05. Scale reliability was

excellent, KR20=0.95. The ESCS correlated strongly with age, Pearson’s r=0.86, p<.001.

In study 2 (confirmatory, N=228), scale reliability was again excellent, KR20=0.93, and again, the ESCS correlated strongly with age, Pearson’s

r=0.82, p<.001.

A subset of children from the above studies were tested for test-retest reliability. Children (N=48) had similar scores 6 months later, Pearson’s

r=0.56, p<.001, df=45, controlling for age. Children (N=24) also had similar scores 12 months later, Pearson’s r=0.66, p=.001, df=21, controlling for age.

A subset of children from the above studies were tested for inter-observer agreement by having both parents separately complete the ESCS. Both

parents gave similar scores to children (N=32), Pearson’s r=0.85, p<.001, df=29, controlling for age.

The final stage will involve comparing the ESCS to lab tasks for 84 children.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Poster)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Erika Nurmsoo
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 14:27 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 09:30 UTC
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