Use of the Child Health Questionnaire in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review and Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties

Nichola McCullough, Jacqueline Parkes

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Abstract

Objective: To review the psychometric performance of the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ) in samples ofchildren with cerebral palsy (CP).

Method: Four search terms were applied to five databases in a search forpapers published between 1993 and January 2007.

Results: A total of 13 papers were identified, providingdata on 1229 unique children aged 2–18 years old. Three studies reported on the reliability of the CHQ(internal consistency), whilst six studies provided evidence on various dimensions of validity (concurrent;discriminant and item discriminant validity).

Conclusions: This review identified a number ofpsychometric issues that need to be addressed. These include the assessment of additional types of reliability;an examination of the factor structure of the CHQ within the CP population; and the development ofnormative data using substantial representative samples, particularly in Europe. Until these issues areaddressed, researchers utilizing the CHQ in children with CP should be cautious about its interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-90
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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