Social cognition in context: validating a cartoon-based attributional measure for urban girls.

TitleSocial cognition in context: validating a cartoon-based attributional measure for urban girls.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLeff SS, Crick NR, Angelucci J, Haye K, Jawad AF, Grossman M, Power TJ
JournalChild Development
Volume77
Issue5
Pagination1351-8
Date Published09/2006
ISSN0009-3920
KeywordsCartoons as Topic, Child, Cognition, Culture, depression, Female, Humans, Intention, Psychometrics, Questionnaires, Reproducibility of Results, Social Environment, Social Perception, Urban Population
Abstract

Standard approaches to the development of psychological measures emphasize the role of the research team in identifying constructs, generating and retaining items, and establishing psychometric soundness. Although there are a number of strengths associated with these methods, the resulting measures may not be culturally sensitive to minority cultural groups. In order to address this need, the authors partnered with African American inner-city 3rd- and 4th-grade girls (predominantly 9- and 10-year-olds) to design and validate a cartoon-based hostile attributional bias measure that is developmentally and culturally sensitive. This paper illustrates how a partnership-based research model can be used to design measurement tools sensitive to the ways in which developmental processes are influenced by an urban, low-income, ecological context.

DOI10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00939.x
Alternate JournalChild Dev
PubMed ID16999803
Grant ListK23-MH01728 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States