evaluation focusEarly Relational Health Screening
applicable ages6-24 months; 0-2 years
The Early Relational Health Screen (ERHS) is an instrument that can be used to screen, monitor, and promote early relational health in parent-child dyads. This tool involves video-taped sessions of unstructured play including standard toys and for toddlers, standard challenges. Session footage may be evaluated by health professionals and reviewed with caregivers, allowing for targeted discussion and promotion of early relational health.
- Functional health
- Emotional health
- Behavioral health
- Psychosocial health
Administration Format: video-taped play sessions
Reliability/Validity (Willis 2022): the ERHS is valid, reliable, feasibility, and useful in clinical settings. Additional studies have evaluated adaptations for other settings like home visiting.
supporting literatureWillis, D.W., Condon, M., Moe, C., Muson, L., Smith, J.M. (2022) The Context and Development of the Early Relational Health Screen. Infant Mental Health Journal, 43(3), 493-506.
PDF: ERHS – 1 – Willis 2022
Condon, M. (2017) Early Relational Health: Infants' Experiences Living with Their Incarcerated Mothers. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 87(1), 5-25.
PDF: ERHS – 2 – Condon 2017
Moe, Vibeke, et al. (2019) Little in Norway: A Prospective Longitudinal Community-Based Cohort from Pregnancy to Child Age 18 Months. BMJ Open, 9(12).
PDF: ERHS – 3 – Moe 2019
referenced articlesThe Context and Development of the Early Relational Health Screen
Dyadic Parent-Infant Interaction Patterns at 12 Months: Exploring Dyadic Parent-Infant Gender Compositions
In-the-moment ratings on the Early Relational Health Screen: A Pilot Study of Application in Home Visiting and Primary Care
At the Feet of Storytellers Equity in Early Relational Health Conversations