Examiner effects in the administration of the NBAS: The illusion of reliability

Janet A. DiPietro, Sandra K. Larson

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Abstract

One hundred neonates were assessed by the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) on two occasions by two certified examiners. Despite concurrent training and interrater agreement, significant interexaminer differences were reflected in exam scores. It is suggested that subtle differences in examiner behavioral style may introduce substantial variance into administration of the NBAS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

Keywords

  • individual differences
  • interrater reliability
  • neonatal behavior
  • neonatal behavioral assessment scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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