Evaluating the Adequacy of Social-Emotional Measures in Early Childhood

Rebecca J. Gokiert, Rebecca Georgis, Melissa Tremblay, Vijaya Krishnan, Christine Vandenberghe, Shuk Ching Clara Lee

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Technical adequacy and usability are important considerations in selecting early childhood social-emotional (SE) screening and assessment measures. As identification of difficulties can be tied to programming, intervention, accountability, and funding, it is imperative that practitioners and decision makers select appropriate and quality measures from the plethora of measures available. This study systematically reviewed and evaluated the technical adequacy and usability of 10 commonly used SE assessment and screening measures, using a framework for evaluating selected properties of measures (e.g., reliability, validity). Through this review, it was found that there are inadequacies in many commonly used SE measures, deserving the attention of both users and developers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-454
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • assessment measures
  • early childhood
  • evaluation
  • psychometrics
  • screening measures
  • social-emotional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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