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Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica

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QUEZADA UGALDE, Ana María; GONZALEZ SERRANO, Sunny; SOLIS CORDERO, Katherine  and  ZUNIGA BALDI, Carolina. Validation of the general test for the evaluation of development for children and adolescents aged 6 to 14 years oíd (EVADE). Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica [online]. 2015, n.29, pp.32-45. ISSN 1409-4568.


In this paper the results of the validation of the General Test Development Evaluation children and adolescents are presented (CIRCUMVENT), consistent with the growth needs, interests and development of the Costa Rican population between the ages of 6 and 14 years.


The methodology was qualitative, transversal and exploratory. For this purpose, conducted a valid ation process that included: technical expert judgment type aggregates individual; in the first phase results analysi s, triangulation was used, resulting in the modified CIRCUMVENT. Subsequently, a pilot with 300 children and a dolescents aged 6 to 14 years oíd, schools and colleges both public and prívate Metropolitan Area, San José, Cost a Rica was made; using an observation guide for the collection of the data provided in this test. In the second phas e, the results obtained with the theoretical triangulation, a new versión of CIRCUMVENT was structured.


There is limited literature regarding developmental screening tests in middle childhood and adolescence; technical expert judgment confirmed the inconsistency of some items of CIRCUMVENT; was necessary to créate standardized instructional materials for the application of the test.


This research provides two significant inputs: a book with instructions for the interpretadon and application of CIRCUMVENT, and standardized materials for implementation.

Keywords : Test-assessment-development; Nursing; children-girís-teenagers.

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