Assessing psychosocial risk in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease: validation of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0_General

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Jan;58(1):51-6. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182a938b7.


Aim: The aim of this study was to present the preliminary psychometric properties of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0_General (PAT2.0_GEN), a brief screener for psychosocial risk in families of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Methods: Caregivers of 42 youth with IBD were recruited and administered a battery of measures including the PAT2.0_GEN and well-validated measures of child emotional and behavioral functioning at baseline and at a 6-month follow-up.

Results: Internal consistency for the PAT2.0_GEN total score was good (α=0.82). Baseline was significantly associated with the 6-month follow-up (r=0.79, P<0.001). Significant correlations between the baseline PAT2.0 _GEN total score and caregiver-reported Child Behavior Checklist total scores at baseline (r=0.74, P<0.001) and at a 6-month follow-up (r=0.62, P<0.001) support the content and predictive validity of the PAT2.0_GEN. Baseline PAT2.0_GEN was also significantly correlated with youth-reported Child Behavior Checklist total scores at baseline (r=0.37, P=0.02) but not at the 6-month follow-up (r=0.23, P=0.17).

Conclusions: A number of indicators support the concurrent and predictive utility of the PAT2.0_GEN. The PAT2.0_GEN is a promising tool for screening psychosocial risk that could facilitate the provision of psychosocial services to those patients most in need.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Caregivers
  • Checklist
  • Child
  • Child Behavior*
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parents
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychometrics / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk
  • Risk Assessment
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology*