Confirmatory factor analysis of the Kaufman assessment battery in a sample of primary school-aged children in rural South Africa

Joanie M. Mitchell, Mark Tomlinson, Ruth M. Bland, Brian Houle, Alan Stein, Tamsen J. Rochat*

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    Abstract

    The Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition, measures cognitive processing, includes non-verbal sub-tests, and is increasingly used in low- and middle-income countries. While the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition, has been validated in the United States, a psychometric evaluation has not been conducted in Southern Africa. This study aims to establish the reliability and validity of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition, among a sample of 376 primary school-aged children in rural South Africa (7–11 years). We examined Cronbach’s alpha and conducted a confirmatory factor analysis. The battery showed good reliability (mental processing index [α =.78]), and the originally validated structure of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition, was maintained (χ2 = 16.30, p =.432). Mean scores were low on the Planning sub-scale. On the Simultaneous sub-scale, the mean score was higher for the supplementary sub-test Block Counting versus the core sub-test Triangles. With translation and the inclusion of supplementary sub-tests, the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition, is an appropriate assessment to use in this context (150/150).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)434-452
    Number of pages19
    JournalSouth African Journal of Psychology
    Volume48
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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