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Infancy researchers need to change the way they develop their measures: A comment on Byers‐Heinlein et al. (2021)


Reinelt, Tilman; Wermelinger, Stephanie; Beck, Sabrina; Brehm, Julia; Helbling, Natascha; Manfredi, Mirella; Moersdorf, Lea; Wagner, Lisa; Daum, Moritz M (2022). Infancy researchers need to change the way they develop their measures: A comment on Byers‐Heinlein et al. (2021). Infant and Child Development, 31(5):e2322.

Abstract

In their article, Byers-Heinlein et al. (2021) propose six solutions to create more reliable measures for infancy research. Whereas some of their solutions focus on changing the culture in the field (reporting on reliabilities, choosing measures based on psychometrics instead of conventions or face validity, conducting research on psychometrical qualities of measures), other solutions directly relate to the implementation of tasks or data analysis (collecting additional data, exclusion of unreliable trials, more sophisticated analyses). In this commentary, we highlight challenges in the assessment of measurement reliability and why the characteristics of current measures in infancy research make it difficult to add additional trials as suggested by Byers-Heinlein and colleagues. We then propose how the field of infancy research could move forward by changing (1) the way measures are developed and (2) what kind of measures are developed.

Abstract

In their article, Byers-Heinlein et al. (2021) propose six solutions to create more reliable measures for infancy research. Whereas some of their solutions focus on changing the culture in the field (reporting on reliabilities, choosing measures based on psychometrics instead of conventions or face validity, conducting research on psychometrical qualities of measures), other solutions directly relate to the implementation of tasks or data analysis (collecting additional data, exclusion of unreliable trials, more sophisticated analyses). In this commentary, we highlight challenges in the assessment of measurement reliability and why the characteristics of current measures in infancy research make it difficult to add additional trials as suggested by Byers-Heinlein and colleagues. We then propose how the field of infancy research could move forward by changing (1) the way measures are developed and (2) what kind of measures are developed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Special Collections > Centers of Competence > Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language Evolution
Special Collections > NCCR Evolving Language
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neonatology
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Language
150 Psychology
370 Education
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Developmental and Educational Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Developmental and Educational Psychology
Language:English
Date:1 September 2022
Deposited On:29 Jul 2022 08:56
Last Modified:27 Jun 2024 01:38
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1522-7219
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.2322
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)