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.
- Play and playthings
- Reproducibility of results
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Occupational Therapy