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StimQ Cognitive Home Environment Questionnaire (StimQ)


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evaluation focus

Family Cognitive Home Environment

applicable ages

0-72 months; 0-6 years

available language(s)

English and Spanish


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The StimQ Cognitive Home Environment Questionnaire is an instrument used to measure a family’s cognitive home environment. It was developed, revised, and revalidated by pediatricians and developmental psychologists at NYU Langone.


3 Questionnaires based on Child Age:

    • Infant (StimQ-I): ages 5 to 12 months
    • Toddler (StimQ-T): ages 12 to 36 months
    • Preschooler (StimQ-P): ages 36 to 72 months

4 Instrument Subscales:

    • reading (READ)
    • parental involvement in developmental advance (PIDA)
    • parental verbal responsivity (PVR)
    • availability of learning materials (ALM)

Administration Format: parent interview
Administration: 15-20 minutes | Scoring: 2-3 minutes | Total Time: 17-23 minutes


Internal Consistency: Cronbach’s alpha ranging from 0.86 to 0.93


Predictive and Concurrent Validity:

    • StimQ-I and StimQ-T significantly related to 36-month outcomes
        • Correlations for StimQ-I ranged from 0.23 to 0.24
        • Correlations for StimQ-T ranged from 0.30 to 0.40
    • StimQ-P significantly related to concurrent language and social–emotional outcomes
        • Correlations for StimQ-P ranged from 0.17 to 0.30

Source: https://www.videointeractionproject.org/stimq.html
Contact: stimQ@nyulangone.org for more information and/or to use this metric

supporting literature

Dreyer, B.P., Mendelsohn, A.L., Kruger, H.A., Legano, L.A., Lim, S.W., Agrawal, N., Fierman, A.H., Tamis-Lemonda, C. (1994). StimQ, A New Scale for Assessing the Home Environment: Reliability and Validity. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 150(4, suppl. 47).
Link: https://nyuscholars.nyu.edu/en/publications/stimq-a-new-scale-for-assessing-the-home-environment-reliability-

Dreyer, B.P., Mendelsohn, A.L., Tamis-LeMonda, C.S. (1996) Assessing the Child's Cognitive Home Environment through Parental Report: Reliability and Validity. Early Development and Parenting, 5(4), 271-287.
PDF: StimQ – 2 – Dreyer 1996
Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/%28SICI%291099-0917%28199612%295%3A4%3C271%3A%3AAID-EDP138%3E3.0.CO%3B2-D

Mendelsohn, A.L., Dreyer, B.P., Tamis-LeMonda, C.S., Ahuja, P. (1999) Validity of StimQ, A Scale for Assessing the Cognitive Home Environment. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 20(5), 399.
PDF: StimQ – 3 – Mendelsohn 1999
Link: https://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/Citation/1999/10000/Validity_of_StimQ,_a_Scale_for_Assessing_the.33.aspx