Measuring potency among preschool children: Instruments and intervention

Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Avi Besser, Renana Laish

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This study explored the impact of Potency-Focused Intervention among preschool children using a prospective research design. To achieve this aim, an instrument, the Child Adaptation Measure of Potency (CAMP), was developed to examine the construct of potency among this population. The psychometric properties of this new CAMP scale was analyzed among 90 preschool children, and the scale was proven to be both reliable and valid. Sixty-six children participated in the intervention study itself. Thirty-two children participated in an intensive intervention program, while the remaining children served as a control group. The results indicate that Potency-Focused intervention significantly enhanced potency among children in the intervention group, though it did not enhance the quality of self-concept. This finding suggests that while potency and self-concept are similar in some respects, they are separate constructs. The implications of Potency-Focused Intervention among preschool children are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-596
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptation
  • Potency scale
  • Potency-focused intervention
  • Preschool-children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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