Research Article  |   May 2014
Development, Reliability, and Validity of the My Child’s Play (MCP) Questionnaire
Author Affiliations
  • Eleanor Schneider, PhD, OT (C), is Senior Occupational Therapist, Hannah Khoushy Child Development Center, Bnai Zion Medical Center, and Lecturer (retired), Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel; 49 Yakinton Street, Haifa 3479288, Israel; eleanor@research.haifa.ac.il
  • Sara Rosenblum, PhD, OT (I), is Head, Laboratory of Complex Human Activity and Participation (CHAP), and Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Article Information
Assessment Development and Testing / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / School-Based Practice / Children and Youth
Research Article   |   May 2014
Development, Reliability, and Validity of the My Child’s Play (MCP) Questionnaire
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2014, Vol. 68, 277-285. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.009159
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2014, Vol. 68, 277-285. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.009159
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. This article describes the development, reliability, and validity of My Child’s Play (MCP), a parent questionnaire designed to evaluate the play of children ages 3–9 yr.

METHOD. The first phase of the study determined the questionnaire’s content and face validity. Subsequently, the internal reliability consistency and construct and concurrent validity were demonstrated using 334 completed questionnaires.

RESULTS. The MCP showed good internal consistency (α = .86). The factor analysis revealed four distinct factors with acceptable levels of internal reliability (Cronbach’s αs = .63–.81) and gender- and age-related differences in play characteristics; both findings attest to the tool’s construct validity. Significant correlations (r = .33, p < .0001) with the Parent as a Teacher Inventory demonstrate the MCP’s concurrent validity.

CONCLUSION. The MCP demonstrated acceptable reliability and validity. It appears to be a promising standardized assessment tool for use in research and practice to promote understanding of a child’s play.