Face validity of the assessment of life habits instrument (MHAVIDA) in disabled persons aged 5-13 years

Santamaría Pinzón, O. L. and Camden, C. and Angarita-Fonseca, A.
Ciencia e Innovación en Salud, 1(1):18-26, 2013

Spanish Title: Validez facial del instrumento de medición de hábitos de vida (MHAVIDA) en personas con discapacidad de 5-13 años


Objective: To establish the face validity of the assessment of life habits instrument (LIFE-H) for disabled children aged 5-13 years.
Materials and methods: a study of a diagnostic test was carried out. The cultural adaptation of the instruments was developed applying the LIFE-H to 6 mothers of children without disabilities. At the same time, the face validity was assessed in a sample of 19 mothers of boys and girls with disabilities; who were interviewed by two last year physiotherapy students.
Results: The LIFE-H for children 5-13 years old, which assess social participation, was officially translated and adapted to the local language. It had comprehensible, clear, and easy to answer questions. We obtained an instrument with face validity and relevant cultural adaptability to the context. Confusing words or questions in education and nutrition categories in the LIFE-H for children 5-13 years old were modified.
Conclusions: We obtained a useful tool to measure social participation of the life habits of children with disabilities, which provides a sound basis for improving interventions in rehabilitation. It is suggested to continue evaluating the reliability of this instrument.

Keywords: social participation, disability evaluation, disabled children

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