Identifying child functioning from an ICF-CY perspective: everyday life situations explored in measures of participation

Disabil Rehabil. 2011;33(13-14):1230-44. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2010.526163. Epub 2010 Oct 19.


Purpose: This study was part of a larger work to develop an authentic measure consisting of code sets for self- or proxy-report of child participation. The aim was to identify common everyday life situations of children and youth based on measures of participation.

Method: The study was descriptive in nature and involved several stages: systematic search of literature to find articles presenting measures for children and youth with disabilities, identifying measures in selected articles, linking items in included measures to the ICF-CY, analysing content in measures presented as performance and participation and identifying aggregations of ICF-CY codes across these measures.

Results: A large number of measures for children and youth with disabilities were identified but only 12 fulfilled the inclusion criteria. A slight distinction in content and age appropriateness appeared. Measures presented as performance covered all the ICF-CY Activities and Participation chapters, whereas measures presented as participation covered five of nine chapters. Three common everyday life situations emerged from the measures: Moving around, Engagement in play and Recreation and leisure.

Conclusion: Only a small number of life situations for children and youth emerged from items in selected measures, thus, other sources are needed to identify more everyday life situations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adolescent
  • Age Distribution
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Reference Values
  • Rehabilitation*
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Vocabulary, Controlled*