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Title: Development and validation of a questionnaire to measure the service needs of families with children with developmental disabilities
Authors: Leung, C 
Lau, J
Chan, G
Lau, B
Chui, M
Keywords: Developmental disability
Family
Inclusive education
Service needs
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Research in developmental disabilities, 2010, v. 31, no. 3, p. 664-671 How to cite?
Journal: Research in developmental disabilities 
Abstract: The aim of this project was to develop and validate a Service Needs Questionnaire (SNQ) on the service needs of families with children with developmental disabilities. The SNQ and a measure of parenting stress were administered to 105 parents of children diagnosed with learning/behaviour problems and 233 parents of children attending primary schools. Initial Rasch analysis results indicated inadequate distinction of the categories and the fit statistics of three items were outside the acceptable range. The categories were collapsed and the removal of two misfitting items resulted in a scale which conformed to the Rasch expectations. For validity, the scale correlated positively with parenting stress, and it could differentiate between parents of children diagnosed with learning/behaviour problems and those attending primary schools. The internal consistency estimate (the Cronbach α) was above .70. The SNQ could be used to help identify the needs of families with children with developmental disabilities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/29685
ISSN: 0891-4222
EISSN: 1873-3379
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2010.01.005
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