Which tools to assess parent-infant interaction are available?
What is the test quality of tools to assess parent-infant interaction?
Electronic databases: PSYNDEXplus Tests, The Mental Measurements Yearbook, Tests in Print, Educational Testing Service Test Collection Database, Health Technology Assessment Database, PsycINFO, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, SocINDEX, MEDLINE(R), EMBASE, CINAHL, and ERIC, Current Contents Connect, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Child Care and Early Education Research Connections database, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.
Directories of test publishers:
Psychological Assessment Resources, Hogrefe, Pearson, PRO-ED, Huber, Brookes Publishing, Western Psychological Services, Slosson Educational Publications, Scholastic Testing Service, Riverside Publishing, Children Development Review Behavior Science Systems Inc, NCAST, Mind Garden.
Test reference books/books which report on the measurement of parent-infant-interaction (n=10); Published and unpublished reviews (n=18); Additional sources: Google scholar, Google, personal communication with experts in the field.
Types of study to be included
Tools which are designed to assess parent-infant interaction.
Condition or domain being studied
Test quality of observational tools to assess parent-infant interaction.
Parents with infants aged 0 to 12 months.
Observational tools have to meet the following criteria:
1. Tool is a quantitative measure.
2. Tool is designed to assess parent-infant interaction between one parent and one infant.
3. Tool is applicable for assessing parent-infant interaction with infants aged between birth and 12 months.
4. Published or unpublished description of tool and instruction for use is available.
5. The tool has been used for infants aged between birth and 12 months in at least 2 peer-reviewed articles by different investigatory teams since 1992.
1. Tools which are self-rated by the parent.
2. Tools which include the assessment of parent-infant interaction, but also measure other constructs.
Observational tools which are applicable for interaction between one parent and one infant and can be used with infants aged 0 to 12 months.
Evaluation of reliability, validity and norms.
Description of the Instrument:
General Information, Classification, Measurement & Scoring, Supply, Condition and Costs, Evaluation of Test Materials
Data extraction, (selection and coding)
Data of the included tools will be independently extracted by two review authors using a standard Test Review Form (EFPA, Bartram, Lindley, & Kennedy, 2008).
Any discrepancies will be reconciled by consensus with a third review author.
Risk of bias (quality) assessment
The evaluation of the tools will be primarily based on the identified information from manuals and peer-reviewed journal articles. Additional identified sources will be used if information of the manual and peer-reviewed journal articles will be not sufficient to evaluate the test quality. Data of the included observational tools will be independently extracted by two review authors using an adaption of the EFPA Test Review Form (Bartram, Lindley, & Kennedy, 2008). Any discrepancies will be reconciled by consensus with a third review author.
Strategy for data synthesis
Information about the tools will be summarized in a narrative form, including a general description of the tool characteristics and a psychometric evaluation of the measures.
Analysis of subgroups or subsets
Tools which have been used with fathers.
Contact details for further information
Organisational affiliation of the review
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Miss Annett Lotzin, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Miss Sophie Kröger, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Miss Julia Gehrke, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Professor Georg Romer, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Dr Brigitte Ramsauer, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Formal screening of search results against eligibility criteria
Risk of bias (quality) assessment
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