About the Measure

Domains Omnibus
Subscales Six subscales: Locomotor, Personal-Social, Language, Eye and Hand Co-ordination, Performance and Practical Reasoning.
Target Construct Oral language: Receptive and expressive language Numeracy: Problem solving and basic mathematical concepts. Social emotional: Proficiency in the activities of daily living, level of independence and interaction with other children.
Description To measure the rate of development of young children. Includes 6 sub-scales: Locomotor, Personal-Social, Language (receptive and expressive vocabulary), Eye and Hand Co-ordination, Performance (Visuospatial skills including speed of working and precision) and Practical Reasoning (ability to solve practical problems, understanding of basic mathematical concepts and understanding of moral issues)
Test Authors Faragher, L. B., Barnard, A., Knosen, N., Kotras, N., Burns, L. E. & Challis, D.
Publisher Hogrefe (2006)

Implementation details

Respondent Child
Prior knowledge Required The scales are supplied only to be used by paediatricians and health professionals who have successfully completed a training course accredited by the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (A.R.I.C.D)
Scoring Detailed instructions for administering and scoring the items are given in the Administration Manual. Interpretation of the raw scores requires reference to the Analysis Manual.
Time 50 to 60 minutes
Age 2 years to 8 years (suitable for 0 to 2 years)

Psychometric details

UK norms YES
Norm / Criterion referenced Norm referenced
Standardisation sample 1026
Reliability The publishers state that with the exception of Scale E (performance) in children with chronological age less than 48 months the coefficients ‘all comfortably exceed the minimum acceptable value of 0.70.
Criterion validity Insufficient data in the public domain to evaluate
Construct validity Griffiths Scales tend to measure one factor, and including only common variables, the factor appears to be similar cross-culturally.
Concurrent validity Data available for earlier versions of the scale in the published literature reports high correlations with other early development assessments measuring similar domains.