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date: 15 September 2019

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There is a pervasive lack of awareness of the relatively frequent presence of sleep problems in children, which in turn can manifest in a myriad of clinical presentations that may be easily misconstrued as other pediatric conditions and mistreated accordingly. To measure is to know! Here, we touch upon the theoretical and pragmatic processes required for instrument design and evaluation in the rapidly developing scientific world of pediatric sleep. There are too many tools being used that have not undergone careful and methodical psychometric evaluation and, as such, may be fraught with biased or invalid findings. The field of pediatric sleep can only continue to grow and exert its impact on other fields if researchers and clinicians thoroughly investigate and report the psychometric properties of the tool(s) they develop and use.

Keywords: reliability, validity, equivalence, item-analysis, standardization, Likert scale, questionnaire, diary, log

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