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Research Article  |   March 1986
Examining Reliability and Validity of the Preschool Play Scale With Handicapped Children
Author Affiliations
  • Hilda Harrison, MS, OTR, is a staff occupational therapist, Children’s Hospital, Richmond, VA 23220
  • Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / School-Based Practice / Features
Research Article   |   March 1986
Examining Reliability and Validity of the Preschool Play Scale With Handicapped Children
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1986, Vol. 40, 167-173. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.3.167
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1986, Vol. 40, 167-173. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.3.167
Abstract

This study examined the reliability and validity of the Preschool Play Scale (PPS), a measure of the developmental level of play, on a sample of 60 handicapped children. Results demonstrated acceptable reliability and validity for the scale as a whole. However, the need for some refinement of the scale was revealed by the findings. Categories of play that can be observed only infrequently need to be reconsidered. The data also suggest that the criteria for deciding whether a behavior is absent or whether there was no opportunity to observe the behavior need to be spelled out more clearly for the scale.