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Social worker and teacher apprehension of children’s stimulation and support in the home environment and caregiver perception of the HOME Inventory in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Research in Disability and Habilitation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Research in Disability and Habilitation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Research in Disability and Habilitation.
2014 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 44, no 8, 2218-2236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Assessment tools are needed for the operationalisation of child protection guidelines and frameworks. The HOME Inventory taps into three domains that are often highlighted in guidelines: parenting capacity; the child’s developmental needs; and, family and environmental factors. Social workers are obliged to collaborate in child protection investigations, for example with teachers. This collaboration can be an important source of information since whether or not social workers always perform home visits is unclear. The primary aim of this study was to compare social workers’ and teachers’ apprehensions of the support and stimuli provided in children’s home environments. Social workers’ apprehensions were assessed using the subscales of the Home Observation and Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory. Teachers’ apprehensions were assessed using a different, but comparable, questionnaire. The preschool teachers’ apprehension showed a weak association with the social workers’ assessments.  Hence, it is important for social workers to reflect upon the type of information different professions may provide. This study also describes caregivers’ perception of the HOME Inventory. Such information, although rarely published, is central to the successful implementation of assessment tools. Caregivers were highly satisfied with the HOME Inventory: they considered the content relevant and the format acceptable.

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2014. Vol. 44, no 8, 2218-2236 p.
Keyword [en]
Assessment, client perception, HOME Inventory, social work practice, teacher rating
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198268DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bct075ISI: 000346050900010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198268DiVA: diva2:615597
Available from: 2013-04-11 Created: 2013-04-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Assessment in Evidence-Based Practice: Psychometric Properties, Clinical Utility and Professional Co-operation from Different Perspectives of the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessment in Evidence-Based Practice: Psychometric Properties, Clinical Utility and Professional Co-operation from Different Perspectives of the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment in Sweden
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of the present thesis was to explore and compare professional co-operation in child welfare investigations, explore the psychometric properties, and describe the clinical utility from different perspectives of a translated Swedish version of the standardized assessment instrument the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (the HOME Inventory). Social workers in Sweden, Denmark, Britain, Germany, and Texas (USA) co-operated with different professionals around a fictitious child welfare case. Differences were found between and within country-based samples, indicating an unsystematic work procedure in the social work agencies studied. The psychometric properties of the translated Early Childhood version (EC-HOME) and Middle Childhood version (MC-HOME) of the HOME Inventory were explored in terms of inter-observer reliability and by Rasch analysis. The samples were authentic Swedish child welfare cases recruited from a field setting. Inter-observer reliability was satisfactory. Results were ambiguous regarding measurement construction of the two versions studied. Because of the differentiating ability of the EC-HOME and MC-HOME, total scores could provide an indication of inadequate home environments. Experiences of social work practitioners of the clinical utility of the HOME Inventory suggested that they considered the instrument to be comprehensive and have explicit potential benefits, i.e. to be clinically useful. Correspondingly, caregivers’ overall perceptions of the HOME Inventory were positive, determining the content relevant and the format acceptable. However, certain flaws have to be rectified before the HOME Inventory is to be implemented and used successfully. Further, education and the possibility to practice administering the instrument seemed to be essential conditions for future use according to social workers. When social workers and teachers’ apprehensions about support and stimulation provided by caregivers to children in their home environments were compared, preschool teachers’ apprehensions correlated poorly with the social workers’ assessment. These results suggest that the HOME Inventory is promising but cultural adaptation and further studies of psychometric properties are necessary. Different forms of support to practitioners and agencies for successful implementation are required. Awareness of the type of information provided by different sources is important when co-operating in child welfare.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. 93 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 907
Keyword
HOME Inventory, Social work assessment, Assessment instruments, Clinical utility, Evidence-based practice, Psychometric properties, Professional co-operation
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Social Work
Research subject
Medical Science
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198281 (URN)978-91-554-8682-2 (ISBN)
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2013-06-14, Sal IX, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-05-24 Created: 2013-04-11 Last updated: 2013-08-30Bibliographically approved

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