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Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (ITSEA) CoL

Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

The Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (ITSEA) is a measure of social-emotional development between the ages of 12 and 36 months. The ITSEA has been used in a number of studies of early development in tribal contexts, including as one of the major outcomes in the effectiveness trials of the Family Spirit tribal home visiting intervention. Like many measures of children’s development, however, the ITSEA was not developed with the unique cultural contexts of tribal children in mind. Though it is promising given its use in some studies of tribal children’s early development, the TRC ITSEA CoL is undertaking a close examination of the ITSEA to determine the ways that it works well, and the ways that it might not work well enough for assessing the social-emotional development of young tribal children. The TRC ITSEA CoL is working on a manuscript summarizing the findings of a factor analysis of ITSEA data from 3 different studies of early development in tribal contexts.  The ITSEA CoL is preparing a manuscript that will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal in the coming months. The manuscript will include a discussion of the cultural factors that could account for some of the differences found and will identify next steps for future studies of the ITSEA in tribal contexts.

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