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Telepractice in Early Childhood Intervention: A Parent-Reported Social Validity Scale

Gabriel Martínez-Rico , Pau García-Grau , Margarita Cañadas and Rómulo J. González-García

Campus Capacitas, Catholic University of Valencia, Spain

Antecedents: In recent years, telepractice has become widespread as an intervention strategy in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services. However, studies supporting its use in this field remain scarce. Because reliable instruments are needed to evaluate the perceived quality, satisfaction and the acceptability of telepractice from the families’ perspective, the present study aims to report the psychometric properties of an ECI-specific instrument that includes a variety of social validity indicators that are also important and consistent with a family-centered approach. Method: This study, with a sample of 738 families, introduces an instrument aimed at evaluating the social validity of telepractice. The scale includes the main indicators of social validity: Usability, Effectiveness; Feasibility, Utility, intervention with natural caregivers, and Future Intentions. The study aims to report its psychometric properties through a split-sample method, conducting both exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis with randomly assigned sub-samples. Results: We found that all seven items fit into one factor measuring social validity of telepractice, with acceptable internal consistency and sensitive enough to capture differences between the type of service delivery families received. Conclusions: In addition, the proposed instrument provides relevant information for professionals to improve the quality of service-delivery in ECI.

Antecedentes: En los últimos años, la telepráctica se ha generalizado como estrategia de intervención en los servicios de Atención Temprana. Sin embargo, los estudios que avalan su uso en este ámbito siguen siendo escasos. Además, las investigaciones muestran que es necesario disponer de instrumentos fiables para evaluar la calidad percibida, la satisfacción y la aceptabilidad de la telepráctica, tanto desde la perspectiva de los profesionales como de las familias. Método: Este estudio, realizado con una muestra de 738 familias, introduce un instrumento destinado a evaluar la validez social de la telepráctica y analiza sus propiedades psicométricas. La escala integra los principales indicadores de validez social: Usabilidad, Eficacia; Viabilidad, Utilidad, intervención con cuidadores naturales e Intenciones de futuro. Resultados: Los resultados de este estudio mostraron la fortaleza de este instrumento reportado por los padres para medir la validez social de la telepráctica en la Intervención Temprana. Conclusiones: Además, el instrumento propuesto proporciona información relevante para los profesionales que mejoran la calidad de la prestación de servicios en Atención Temprana.


Impact factor 2022:  JCR WOS 2022:  FI = 3.6 (Q2);  JCI = 1.21 (Q1) / SCOPUS 2022:  SJR = 1.097;  CiteScore = 6.4 (Q1)