Evaluating the reliability and validity of the Behavioral Pediatric Feeding Assessment Scale in Marathi


Authors: Priya Kapoor and Sakshi Pal
Page Range: 97-104
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 23 Issue 1
ISSN: 2191-1231

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Given the restricted availability of pediatric feeding tests within the Indian context, the study aims to address this gap by undertaking the translation and validation of the Behavioral Pediatric Feeding Assessment Scale (BPFAS) into the Marathi language. The primary objective of this research was to translate the BPFAS into Marathi language and culturally modify the tool to assess the psychometric characteristics among Marathi parents of typically developing children. The process of creating the translated edition of BPFAS underwent two clearly defined stages. The initial stage encompassed the translation of BPFAS into the Marathi language. The subsequent phase of the study involved delving into the examination of the reliability, validity, and practical applicability of this Marathi rendition of BPFAS. For evaluating test-retest reliability, participants were given the Marathi version of the BPFAS on two occasions: first upon study entry and then again after a 14-day interval. The translated BPFAS scale exhibited strong temporal stability. Content validity was established through the input of five speech-language pathologists specializing in feeding and swallowing. Additionally, construct validity was ascertained by utilizing a Mealtime Behavior Questionnaire. Our research revealed that translated version of BPFAS demonstrated validity and reliability in evaluating mealtime behavior among typically developing children. Furthermore, the factor arrangement identified in this current investigation offers valuable insights for assessing mealtime behavior within the Marathi population.

Keywords: Feeding issues, food intolerances, content validity, reliability, autism spectrum disorder, India

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