Adaptation of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire for Remote Aboriginal Australia

Anita D'Aprano, Sven Silburn, Vanessa Johnston, Gary Robinson, Frank Oberklaid, Jane Squires

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A key challenge to providing quality developmental care in remote Aboriginal primary health care (PHC) centers has been the absence of culturally appropriate developmental screening instruments. This study focused on the cross-cultural adaptation of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, 3rd edition (ASQ-3), with careful attention to language and culture. We aimed to adapt the ASQ-3 for use with remote dwelling Australian Aboriginal children, and to investigate the cultural appropriateness and feasibility of the adapted ASQ-3 for use in this context. We undertook a qualitative study in two remote Australian Aboriginal communities, using a six-step collaborative adaptation process. Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) were trained to use the adapted ASQ-3, and follow-up interviews examined participants' views of the cultural acceptability and usefulness of the adapted instrument. The adapted ASQ-3 was found to have high face validity and to be culturally acceptable and relevant to parents, AHWs, and early childhood development experts. � SAGE Publications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-625
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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