Current Pediatric Research

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Short Communication - Current Pediatric Research (2020) Volume 24, Issue 4

Appearance validation of the general test for the Evaluation of Development (EVADE) for Children and Adolescents between 6 and 14 years old

Introduction: The General Test for the Evaluation of Development (EVADE) for children and adolescents between 6 and 14
years old is the only national screening tool that values the children and adolescent’s development. This article presents the results
obtained after submitting the test, the handbook and the standardized materials to the appearance validation process. Methodology:
An exploratory descriptive study was completed, with a quantitative-qualitative methodology. A sample of 730 girls, boys and
adolescents between 6 and 14 years of age was defined for the application of the test; the expert judgment technique was used. The
analysis of the data was carried out through a psychometric analysis of the items, and by the triangulation method. Results: From
the 730 participants included, 44.5% were from rural areas (n= 325) and 55.4% from urban areas (n= 405), by sex, they were valued
n=378 (51.7%) girls and n=352 (48.2%) boys. The level of difficulty and the coefficient of discriminative effectiveness for the items
were calculated, which together with the experts’ findings resulted in 22 modifications of items, and creation of 4 new items at the
cognitive and language areas; also, the qualification was changed by areas, therefore the manual was improved, and new materials
were created. Conclusions: The research provides a validated screening test for child and adolescent population, which was included
in the Public Policy of integral care for the Costa Rican child population. However, it is recommended subsequent validation
processes in order to improve specific areas like motor and socio affective.
Author(s): Ana María Quezada-Ugalde, González-Serrano and Sunny Escuela de Enfermería

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