Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (ITSEA)

Measure DescriptionSource of measure Carter & Briggs-Gowan, 1999
Mode of administration Parent report, Teacher report
Age range for use12-36 mos
Domains AssessedSocial-emotional problems and competencies in 4 domains & 17 subscales: Internalizing (depression/withdrawal, general anxiety, separation distress, inhibition to novelty), externalizing (activity/impulsivity, aggression/defiance, peer agression), dysregulation (sleep, negative emotionality, eating, sensory sensitivity), and competence (compliance, attention, imitation/play, mastery motivation, empathy, pro-social peer relations)
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BurdenTraining needed to administerParent/teacher report; MA or equivalent training/experience to interpret; Minimal staff training needed for this measure. Staff need to be familiar with all items and practice administering it as an interview.
Minutes to complete 20
# of items 166
Cost$230, plus $2.12/form
Adaptation for AIAN useAdaptedNo
Developer allows adaptation?Don't Know
Used with AIAN populations?Yes
AIAN: Cronbach's alpha rangeRange from 0.63-0.81 across domains (reported by Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health). In another study, Cronbach's alpha of the ITSEA domains ranged from α = .62 to .88 (Sarche, Croy, Big Crow, Mitchell, & Spicer, 2009).
AIAN: Evidence of validityMore information needed. Sarche et al. (2009) report relations between the ITSEA and: mothers' social support, mother's American Indian cultural identity, maternal stress, and maternal substance abuse; this suggests the measure demonstrates meaningful relations in AIAN samples.
Other populations: Cronbach's alpha rangeRanges from 0.80-0.90 (Carter, Briggs-Gowan, Jones, & Little, 2003). Test-retest reliability: 0.82-0.90; Inter-rater reliability: 0.58-0.79 (Carter, Briggs-Gowan, Jones, & Little, 2003)

Other populations: Evidence of validityCriterion validity: the ITSEA shows meaningful correlations with other parent-report and observational measures of child social-emotional development (Carter et al., 2003).
SourceDeveloperPearson; Alice Carter and Margaret Briggs-Gowan
SummaryComments about sensitivity to change
General remarksNot as widely used as CBCL, but seems to be sensitive to change and appears to be user-friendly in this population.