In our study; the infant problems and competences were rated with BITSEA
, and these scores were not significantly different between study and control groups.
Cronbach's alpha confirmed that the summary measures of the BITSEA ([alpha] = 0.
The results show that the second model improved our ability to predict the outcome variable over the first model, but the final model (Step 3: BITSEA and Temperament scales) was able to significantly improve our ability to predict Conflict relationships.
The data on the children's socioemotional competence and problems indicate that there are some developmental concerns (47% had BITSEA problem scores in the "of concern" range) but also considerable strengths (93% had competence scores in the "no concern" range) in this high risk sample.
Both father-mother conflict and support, as well as IPV, mediated the effect of father involvement on child behavior problems assessed on the BITSEA, though only IPV mediated the effect on child competence.
BITSEA Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment examiner's manual.
Eighteen observations (20%) were missing children's BITSEA scores because interviews were conducted before the BITSEA was part of the visit protocol (n = 5) or because, at the time of the observation, the child was outside of the appropriate age-range (n = 13; 11 were too young).
On the BITSEA, most children's average scores were within the normal range for social competence and problem behavior.