Involving Mothers in Child Development Assessment in a Community‑based Participatory Study Using Ages and Stages Questionnaires

Payam Roshanfekr, Safoora Gharibzadeh, Leila Mohammadinia, Firoozeh Sajedi, Elham Habibi, Hossein Malekafzali


Background: Child‑friendly environment project (MAZDAK) is a community‑based project for monitoring the development of children in Iran that was implemented as a pilot study in one of the neighborhoods of Tehran  (Eyvanak‑e Gharb). This study attempted to engage mothers in
monitoring of their children’s development and assesses the status of children’s development by a community‑based participatory approach using the ages and stages questionnaires (ASQ).

Methods: This study was a community‑based participatory research. Two hundred households residing in Eyvanak‑e Gharb with children under 5‑year‑old were selected as a convenient sample and completed the ASQ. Descriptive measures were used to describe the overall status of children,
in each domain. Furthermore, we compared the current sample with other populations, using independent t‑test.

Results: This study engaged mothers, trained volunteers from the community, and some local institutions in screening and monitoring children development and addressing any poor developmental growth. The mean scores of the different domains (communication, gross motor,
fne motor, problem solving, and social‑personal) in sampled children in MAZDAK project were higher than corresponding mean scores of the children in a project conducted in Tehran in 2006.

Conclusions: Involving mothers and community in monitoring children development based on ASQ was an effective strategy to monitor and foster children development.

Keywords: Ages and stages questionnaires, community‑based participatory research, early child development, women health volunteers

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