Scale of Harmonic Development. A Validation Study

Francisco Javier Abellán Olivares, Rafael Rabadán Anta, María Teresa Calvo Llena


This paper gathers firstly, the study of psychometric validation of the Scale of Harmonic Development (SHD) (Abellán, 2011). 218 children between the ages of 0-12 years were participated in the study. The exploratory factorial analysis showed the one-dimensional nature of the scale as a whole and all its subscales; as well as the internal consistency of the measurements and the adequacy of the items, revealing the scale’s usefulness as a screening test for prevention of children’s development. Secondly, a first approach to the scale’s validation process is presented in this dissertation, for which another 67 six-year-old children were evaluated. The concurrent validation with the scales IDB (Fundació Catalana per a la Síndrome de Down, 1998) and BLOC Screening (Puyuelo, Renom, Selanas & Wiig, 2002) conducted through analysis of correlations provided contradictory data that will be contrasted in future studies with a broader sample.


Development scales; psychometric validation; exploratory factorial analysis; AFE; concurrent validation, children's Development.

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