The German Music@Home: validation of a questionnaire measuring at home musical exposure and interaction of young children

Schaal, Nora K., Politimou, Nina, Franco, Fabia ORCID logoORCID:, Stewart, Lauren and Müllensiefen, Daniel (2020) The German Music@Home: validation of a questionnaire measuring at home musical exposure and interaction of young children. PLoS One, 15 (8) , e0235923. ISSN 1932-6203 [Article] (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0235923)

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The present study introduces the German version of the original version of the Music@Home questionnaire developed in the UK, which systematically evaluates musical engagement in the home environment of young children. Two versions are available, an Infant version for children aged three to 23 months and a Preschool version for children aged two to five and a half years. For the present study, the original Music@Home questionnaire was translated from English into German and 656 caregivers completed the questionnaire online. A confirmatory factor analysis showed moderate to high fit indices for both versions, confirming the factor structure of the original questionnaire. Also, the reliability coefficients for the subscales (Parental beliefs, Child engagement with music, Parent initiation of singing, Parent initiation of music-making for the Infant version and Parental beliefs, Child engagement with music, Parent initiation of music behavior and Breadth of musical exposure for the Preschool version) ranged from moderate to high fits. Furthermore, the test-retest analysis (N= 392) revealed high correlations for the general factor and all subscales confirming their internal reliability. Additionally, we included language questionnaires for children of two and three years of age. Results showed that higher scores on the Music@Home questionnaire were moderately associated with better language skills in two-year-olds (N= 118). In sum, the study presents the validated German Music@Home questionnaire, which shows good psychometric properties. The two versions of the questionnaire are available for use in order to assess home musical engagement of young children, which could be of interest in many areas of developmental research.

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Additional Information: Data Availability: The data underlying the results presented in the study are avaliable from the Open Science Framework:
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 30605
Notes on copyright: Copyright: © 2020 Schaal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2020 14:40
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2020 11:52

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