An SEM Assessment of the Internal Structure and Predictive Validity of the Abbreviated Early Adolescent HOME Inventory

Samuel B. Green, Amy L. Pennar, Robert Bradley

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Abstract

The Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory is designed to assess the quality and quantity of support, stimulation, and structure provided to children in the home environment. HOME has been widely used for research and applied purposes. We focused on an abbreviated version of the Early Adolescent HOME (EA-HOME-A) that was administered to 15-year-old adolescents and their parents (N = 958) as part of the NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. Our study had two objectives. First, we hypothesized and tested a bifactor model that specified a general factor in support of the use of the HOME total score and group factors for subsets of items in support of the content domain scores. Second, we applied structural equation modeling to relate the EA-HOME-A factors to outcome factors assessing maladaptive behaviors, autonomy, self-control, and cognitive–academic performance. The results supported the construct validity of the EA-HOME-A with respect to its internal structure as well as its correlates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1285-1299
Number of pages15
JournalAssessment
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

Keywords

  • HOME Inventory
  • adolescent development
  • bifactor model
  • construct validity
  • home environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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