Reliability of the wraparound observation form: An instrument to measure the wraparound process

Michael H. Epstein, Madhavi Jayanthi, Janet McKelvey, Erin Frankenberry, Ron Hardy, Kathy Dennis, Karl Dennis

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Within the past decade, the wraparound approach has gained significant popularity in providing services to children with challenging social and family needs. While a plethora of wraparound programs have been developed and studies have been conducted to assess their effectiveness, the need to develop instruments that measure the implementation of wraparound services is clear. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the reliability of a scale that measures wraparound services. In this study, the Wraparound Observation Form (WOF), was developed to evaluate the implementation of the wraparound process in treatment planning meetings. The WOF includes 34 closed-ended items that requires the respondent to note the occurrence or non-occurrence of specific events or behaviors at treatment planning meetings. In the present study, two data collectors attended planning meetings and independently completed the WOF. The inter-rater reliability was 95%. The WOF appears to be a reliable instrument and be appropriate in evaluating wraparound services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


  • Evaluation measure
  • Instrument reliability
  • Wraparound measure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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