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Good test--retest reliability for standard and advanced false-belief tasks across a wide range of abilities.

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Hughes, C; Adlam, A; Happé, F; Jackson, J; Taylor, A; Caspi, A
Published in: Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines
May 2000

Although tests of young children's understanding of mind have had a remarkable impact upon developmental and clinical psychological research over the past 20 years, very little is known about their reliability. Indeed, the only existing study of test-retest reliability suggests unacceptably poor results for first-order false-belief tasks (Mayes, Klin, Tercyak, Cicchetti, & Cohen, 1996), although this may in part reflect the nonstandard (video-based) procedures adopted by these authors. The present study had four major aims. The first was to re-examine the reliability of false-belief tasks, using more standard (puppet and storybook) procedures. The second was to assess whether the test-retest reliability of false-belief task performance is equivalent for children of contrasting ability levels. The third aim was to explore whether adopting an aggregate approach improves the reliability with which children's early mental-state awareness can be measured. The fourth aim was to examine for the first time the test-retest reliability of children's performances on more advanced theory-of-mind tasks. Our results suggest that most standard and advanced false-belief tasks do in fact show good test-retest reliability and internal consistency, with very strong test-retest correlations between aggregate scores for children of all levels of ability.

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Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines

DOI

EISSN

1469-7610

ISSN

0021-9630

Publication Date

May 2000

Volume

41

Issue

4

Start / End Page

483 / 490

Related Subject Headings

  • Wechsler Scales
  • Social Perception
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Reality Testing
  • Psychometrics
  • Psychological Tests
  • Mental Recall
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Female
 

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Hughes, C., Adlam, A., Happé, F., Jackson, J., Taylor, A., & Caspi, A. (2000). Good test--retest reliability for standard and advanced false-belief tasks across a wide range of abilities. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 41(4), 483–490. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-7610.00633
Hughes, C., A. Adlam, F. Happé, J. Jackson, A. Taylor, and A. Caspi. “Good test--retest reliability for standard and advanced false-belief tasks across a wide range of abilities.Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines 41, no. 4 (May 2000): 483–90. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-7610.00633.
Hughes C, Adlam A, Happé F, Jackson J, Taylor A, Caspi A. Good test--retest reliability for standard and advanced false-belief tasks across a wide range of abilities. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 2000 May;41(4):483–90.
Hughes, C., et al. “Good test--retest reliability for standard and advanced false-belief tasks across a wide range of abilities.Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, vol. 41, no. 4, May 2000, pp. 483–90. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1469-7610.00633.
Hughes C, Adlam A, Happé F, Jackson J, Taylor A, Caspi A. Good test--retest reliability for standard and advanced false-belief tasks across a wide range of abilities. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 2000 May;41(4):483–490.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines

DOI

EISSN

1469-7610

ISSN

0021-9630

Publication Date

May 2000

Volume

41

Issue

4

Start / End Page

483 / 490

Related Subject Headings

  • Wechsler Scales
  • Social Perception
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Reality Testing
  • Psychometrics
  • Psychological Tests
  • Mental Recall
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Female