African Youth Psychosocial Assessment (AYPA)

Information about Measure
First Name Theresa
Last Name Betancourt
Email theresa.betancourt@bc.edu
Affiliation Boston College School of Social Work
Other means of contacting author (e.g., website, Academia.edu, ResearchGate)
Mental health assessment tool that was adapted/developed/validated African Youth Psychosocial Assessment (AYPA)
Mental health condition assessed Other: Emotional and Behavioral Problems
Idiom of distress included, if any Not Applicable
Lifestage of interest Childhood or Adolescence
Age range (age – age)
Country or countries where tool was developed/adapted/validated Uganda
Language(s) of the adapted/developed/validated tool Acholi Luo
Clinical or community sample? Community
Subpopulation in which tool was developed/validated (e.g., tool was developed and tested among middle-class women)? Tool was developed and tested among adolescents that resided in a camp for internally displaced persons for at least 1 month
Development procedures Locally developed
If validated, what was the gold standard? Using a comparison of parent and self-reported ratings on presence of local syndrome terms
Description of other development procedures, if applicable
Cronbach’s alpha
Sensitivity
Spec
Other information about tool (e.g., additional psychometrics [NPV, PPV, Youden’s index, diagnostic odds ratio]) All sub-scales had satisfactory to excellent alpha values, listed as follows:prosocial/adaptive (α= 0.72), somatic complaints without medical cause (α= 0.74), externalizing problems (α=0.83),and internalizing problems (α= 0.88).
For the actual scale, see Appendix B- Table 1. https://onlinelibrary-wiley-com.libproxy.lib.unc.edu/doi/epdf/10.1002/mpr.1420
Links to development/adaptation/validation studies and/or previous studies using the tool Betancourt, T. S., Yang, F., Bolton, P., Normand, S. (2014). Developing an African youth psychosocial assessment: An application of item response theory. International Journal of Methods Psychiatric Research, 23, 142–160. doi:10.1002/mpr.1420
Notes when administering the tool This tool is intended for use among internally displaced war-affected adolescents in Uganda. The assessment was designed to be administered verbally due to low literacy among respondents. A visual aid may be used to clarify response options for participants.
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