Survey of Well-being of Young Children (SWYC)

Measure DescriptionSource of measure
Mode of administration Parent report
Age range for use2-60 months
Domains AssessedCognitive, language, motor, emotional, behavioral; family contextual risk
Related MeasuresSWYC consists of Developmental Milestones checklists, the Baby Pediatric Symptom Checklist (BPSC), the Preschool Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PPSC), the Parent's Observations of Social Interactions (POSI), and Family Questions
BurdenTraining needed to administerNone
Minutes to complete5-10 Minutes
# of items33-46 (ranges across 12 age-specific forms)
Adaptation for AIAN useAdaptedNo
Developer allows adaptation?To Family Questions only, with stipulations (see FAQ at
Used with AIAN populations?Yes
AIAN: Cronbach's alpha rangeNot yet available
AIAN: Evidence of validityNot yet available
Other populations: Cronbach's alpha range.64 to .92 across subscales
Other populations: Evidence of validitySensitivity range 33% - 94% ; specificity range 42% - 77% across subscales
SourceDeveloperEllen Perrin and Chris Sheldrick, Tufts University
SummaryComments about sensitivity to changeThis is a screening measure; sensitivity to change is likely to be limited
General remarksThe SWYC is a free, brief, accessible and comprehensive screener for early developmental concerns. Qualitiative research with AIAN communities (Whitesell et al, 2015; indicated that it is likely to be a good fit in general, but research is needed to understand its reliability and validity in this population.