Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment - Childcare Provider Form ( ITSEA - CHILDCARE PROVIDER FORM )
Carter, A.S., & Briggs-Gowan, M. (2005). ITSEA BITSEA: The Infant-Toddler and Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment. PsychCorp: San Antonio, TX.
3-point scale: 0 = Not true/rarely, 1 = Somewhat true/sometimes, and 2 = Very true/often.
A "No Opportunity" code allows raters to indicate they have not had the opportunity to observe the behavior.
Although there are norms for the ITSEA Parent Report Form, there are no norms for the Childcare Provider Form. However, means and standard deviations are provided for boys and girls by age (12-17 months and 18-36
Pros & Cons/References
1. The items appear clear and easy to understand.
2. The measure was developed specifically to assess infants and toddlers and includes items that are developmentally sensitive and relevant to young children.
3. Assesses competencies as well as problem behaviors.
4. There is a comparable parent version with identical items and scales to allow for comparisons between reporters.
1. The full psychometrics of the Childcare Provider Form have not been examined. At this point (8/05) there are only data regarding internal consistency, and there are no norms.
2. The measure is long. Studies of consumer satisfaction conducted with parents seem to suggest that approximately 39% felt the measure was somewhat too long or too long. Studies of this type have not been conducted with childcare providers, but it is likely that they will find the length burdensome. The BITSEA Childcare Provider Form is more likely to be useful in childcare settings.
3. The age range of the measure 1-3 is awkward for treatment-outcome research and longitudinal studies because children need to fall in that age range at pre-, post-, and follow-up assessment periods.
4. With regard to using the measure for trauma-exposed children, there is no scale that directly measures trauma symptoms, so another measure would need to be used to capture trauma symptomatology.
5. The pricing of the ITSEA Childcare Provider Form seems high, given the limited psychometric research on this measure.