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The home environment resources scale / O inventário de recursos do ambiente familiar

Author(s): Edna Maria Marturano

Journal: Psicologia : Reflexão e Crítica
ISSN 0102-7972

Volume: 19;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 498;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Assessment of home environment | school achievement | assessment instrument

The aim of this article is to describe the development of the HERS - Home Environment Resources Scale. The HERS is based on an ecological view of development. It assesses support resources available to the child at home, which can contribute for school achievement. These resources relate to three domains: resources that promote proximal processes; activities that signal stability in family processes; parental practices that promote a home–school linkage. Previous research using the HERS has indicated acceptable indexes of internal consistency, as well as significant associations between HERS scores and measures of academic achievement and adjustment. Leisure activities, toys, books, and opportunities for the child to interact with parents at home were all related to child achievement and adjustment. Although further studies are needed to secure its reliability and validity, the instrument has proven to be a useful tool for researchers, being used by professionals who work in clinical and educational contexts.
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