The Emotional Development Scale: Assessing the Emotional Capacity of 4–12-Year-Olds

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Abstract

The practice of assessing children’s emotional development based on a theoretical foundation of attachment theory, developmental psychology and brain research is fast developing within the field of clinical psychology and family social work. The Emotional Development Scale (EDS) has been developed to assess the current emotional functioning level of 4–12-year-olds, including a focus on autonomic, limbic, and prefrontal levels of mental organization, within the theoretical framework of neuroaffective developmental psychology (NADP). Included in the pilot study were eight family treatment centres around Denmark with 36 families participating. The psychometric investigation included analyses of interrater reliability, test-retest reliability and internal consistency, while construct validity was analysed by correlating EDS results between referred and non-referred groups. We concluded that the EDS appears to be a reliable and partially valid tool that could be a helpful addition to the existing methods of assessing emotional development of 4–12-year-olds. Further research on psychometric properties and clinical application of EDS is needed.
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The practice of assessing children’s emotional development based on a theoretical foundation of attachment theory, developmental psychology and brain research is fast developing within the field of clinical psychology and family social work. The Emotional Development Scale (EDS) has been developed to assess the current emotional functioning level of 4–12-year-olds, including a focus on autonomic, limbic, and prefrontal levels of mental organization, within the theoretical framework of neuroaffective developmental psychology (NADP). Included in the pilot study were eight family treatment centres around Denmark with 36 families participating. The psychometric investigation included analyses of interrater reliability, test-retest reliability and internal consistency, while construct validity was analysed by correlating EDS results between referred and non-referred groups. We concluded that the EDS appears to be a reliable and partially valid tool that could be a helpful addition to the existing methods of assessing emotional development of 4–12-year-olds. Further research on psychometric properties and clinical application of EDS is needed.
Bidragets oversatte titelEmotional Development Scale: Vurdering a 4-12 åriges emotionelle kompetencer
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Antal sider30
ISSN1528-9168
StatusAfsendt - 25 jun. 2019
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewNej
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