Co-design and qualitative validation of animated assessment item content for a child-reported digital distress screener

Zieschank, Kirsty ORCID: and Day, Jamin and Ireland, Michael J. and March, Sonja ORCID: (2021) Co-design and qualitative validation of animated assessment item content for a child-reported digital distress screener. Internet Interventions, 24:100381. pp. 1-13. ISSN 2214-7829

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The Interactive Child Distress Screener (ICDS) is a novel, digital screening tool that is currently under development and aims to broadly assess self-reported emotional and behavioural distress in children aged five to 11 years. This study implemented a generative participatory codesign and iterative refinement process to qualitatively validate the content of 30 animated assessment items developed for the ICDS by assessing their acceptability and accuracy from the child's perspective.

The participants (N = 62) were five to 11-year-old children. Individual interviews were conducted with each child to determine acceptability and validity of animated items and facilitate the co-design refinement process of the animated assessment items.

Twenty-two out of 30 (73%) items met ≥80% satisfaction and accuracy consensus in their original format, six items (20%) required one round of refinement before meeting consensus, and two items (7%) required two rounds of refinements. Combined acceptability of animated items was high, ranging from 4.1 to 5 out of 5 across all items.

Participants were able to accurately identify and understand socio-emotional and behavioural constructs when depicted as animated items. Acceptability was high, even in first iterations when accuracy of understanding required refinement. This study highlighted the importance and benefits of iterative participatory design methodology in ensuring assessment items developed for children are understood, accepted and likely to be effective in obtaining accurate self-report.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 01:06
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 01:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child codesign;Digital screener; Iterative development; Animation
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520101 Child and adolescent development
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520108 Testing, assessment and psychometrics
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520302 Clinical psychology
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200506 Neonatal and child health
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