Title

A psychometric study of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children in the Chinese setting

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Publication Date

7-1-2008

Volume

23

Issue

4

First Page

455

Last Page

466

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

Attention, Chinese, Cognitive Development, Confirmatory Factor Analysis

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the psychometric properties of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch) in the context of a Chinese setting.

METHODS: Confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to examine the construct validity of the Chinese version of the TEA-Ch among a group of 232 children without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Test-retest reliability was tested on a random sub-sample of 20 children at a 4-week interval. Clinical discrimination was also examined by comparing children with and without ADHD (22 in each group) on the performances of the TEA-Ch.

RESULTS: The current Chinese sample demonstrated a three-factor solution for attentional performance among children without ADHD, namely selective attention, executive control/switch, and sustained attention (χ2(24) = 34.56; RMSEA = .044; p = .075). Moreover, the whole test demonstrated acceptable test-retest reliability at a 4-week interval among a small sub-sample. Children with ADHD performed significantly more poorly than healthy controls in most of the subtests of the TEA-Ch.

CONCLUSIONS: The results of the present study demonstrate that the test items remain useful in China, a culture very different from that in which the test originated. Finally, the TEA-Ch also presents several advantages when compared to other conventional objective measures of attention.

DOI

10.1016/j.acn.2008.03.007

Print ISSN

08876177

E-ISSN

18735843

Funding Information

This study was supported partially by a research initiation fund from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (O7CX031003; KSCX2-YW-R-131), to Raymond Chan, and the private funding of the Hong Kong Spectrum Co. Ltd.{O7CX031003; KSCX2-YW-R-131}

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2008 National Academy of Neuropsychology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Language

English

Recommended Citation

Chan, R. C. K., Wang, L., Ye, J., Leung, W. W. Y., & Mok, M. Y. K. (2008). A psychometric study of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children in the Chinese setting. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 23(4), 455-466. doi: 10.1016/j.acn.2008.03.007

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