Consistency of Self-Report in School Age Children with Asthma
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH
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There is increasing use of self-report for data collection in research of children and their health related concepts. From a developmental perspective, it is assumed that children can be accurate historians after age 8 years. Despite this trend and assumption, few studies have explicitly examined either the extent to which children are capable of consistent self-report or the age at which this occurs. Yet, without accuracy and consistency, child self- report is a relatively futile approach to use when assessing or evaluating interventions. This study examined the consistency of self-report among 45 children age 8-12 years with asthma. Consistency contains two aspects consistency across time or longitudinal consistency and consistency between two measures of the same concepts at the same point in time. The purpose of this study was to answer the following questions Is there consistency in the childrens self-report regarding important asthma management issues over a 3 month time frame Is there consistency in the childrens self-report of what they feel is important between two rating methods rank order and weighting at the same point in time And, does the level of consistency across time and measures differ by experimental versus control group It was expected that children in this age group would be consistent both longitudinally and between measures and that no significant differences would be found between experimental and control group.
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