Development, reliability, and validity of the my child's play (MCP) questionnaire

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OBJECTIVE: This article describes the development, reliability, and validity of My Child's Play (MCP), a parent questionnaire designed to evaluate the play of children ages 3-9 yr.

METHOD: The first phase of the study determined the questionnaire's content and face validity. Subsequently, the internal reliability consistency and construct and concurrent validity were demonstrated using 334 completed questionnaires.

RESULTS: The MCP showed good internal consistency (a 5 .86). The factor analysis revealed four distinct factors with acceptable levels of internal reliability (Cronbach's as 5 .63-.81) and gender-and age-related differences in play characteristics; both findings attest to the tool's construct validity. Significant correlations (r 5 .33, p < .0001) with the Parent as a Teacher Inventory demonstrate the MCP's concurrent validity.

CONCLUSION: The MCP demonstrated acceptable reliability and validity. It appears to be a promising standardized assessment tool for use in research and practice to promote understanding of a child's play.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-285
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2014


  • Child
  • Parents
  • Play and playthings
  • Questionnaires
  • Reproducibility of results

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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