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ScreenQ Measure of Screen-Based Media Use (ScreenQ)


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evaluation focus

Screen-Based Media Use

applicable ages

36-63 months; 3-5 years

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ScreenQ – Conceptual Model


The ScreenQ is an instrument that can be used to measure screen-based media use. The measure was developed to reflect American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations around screen-based media use and is scored on a scale of high to low adherence to these recommendations.


Types of AAP Recommendations:

    • Access to Screens
    • Frequency
    • Content
    • Co-Viewing

4 External Criteria:

    • Expressive Language
    • Speed of Professing
    • Emergent Literacy
    • Cognitive Stimulation

Administration Format: parent report


Reliability and Validity:

    • Psychometric properties assessed using Rasch methods and Spearman’s ρ correlations were found to be strong (rCo-α = 0.74).
    • ScreenQ scores were negatively correlated with scores on several other metrics, including:
        • CTOPP-2 (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing, Second Edition): rρ = −0.57
        • EVT-2 (Expressive Vocabulary Test, Second Edition): rρ = −0.45
        • GRTR (Get Ready to Read!): rρ = −0.30
        • StimQ-P: rρ = −0.42


Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32050256 (Hutton 2020)

supporting literature

Hutton, J.S., Huang, G., Sahay, R.D., DeWitt, T., Ittenbach, R.F. (2020) A Novel, Composite Measure of Screen-Based Media Use in Young Children (ScreenQ) and Associations with Parenting Practices and Cognitive Abilities. Pediatric Research, 87, 1211-1218.
PDF: ScreenQ – 1 – Hutton 2020
Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41390-020-0765-1

Monteiro, R., Fernandes, S., Hutton, J., Huang, G., Ittenbach, R.I., Rocha, N.B. (2022) Psychometric Properties of the ScreenQ for Measuring Digital Media Use in Portuguese Young Children. Acta Paediatrica, 111(10), 1950-1955.
PDF: ScreenQ – 2 – Monterio 2022
Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/apa.16439

Aryamvally, A. (2018) ScreenQ: An Efficient, Valid Means to Assess Screen-based Media Use in Children. Medindia: News on IT in Healthcare.
PDF: ScreenQ – 3 – Aryamvally 2018
Link: https://www.medindia.net/news/screenq-an-efficient-valid-means-to-assess-screen-based-media-use-in-children-179247-1.htm