Development and Content Validity of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire

Beth Pfeiffer, Wendy Coster, Carole Tucker, Aimee Piller

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Qualitative methodology was used to develop items for a questionnaire designed to examine the perspectives of parents regarding the impact of the sensory environment on participation for children aged 3 to 5 who have autism spectrum disorders. A total of 34 parents/caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders and 8 experts in autism spectrum disorders and/or measurement completed qualitative interviews for concept, content review, and cognitive interviewing. The result was a pool of 35 items for home/community domains for 3 scales. The outcome of this study was the development and content validation of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-121
Number of pages17
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Autism
  • effort
  • environment
  • participation
  • sensory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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