Original ArticlesTeachers' Perspectives on Strength-Based and Deficit-Based Instruments for Assessing Socioemotional Development in Early ChildhoodSjö, Nina Madsen PhD; Kiil, Astrid PhD; Jensen, Peter PhDAuthor Information National Research Centre for Disadvantaged Children and Youth, University College Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark (Dr Sjö); TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark (Drs Kiil and Jensen); and VIVE—The Danish Center for Social Science Research, Copenhagen, Denmark (Dr Kiil). Correspondence: Nina Madsen Sjö, PhD, National Research Centre for Disadvantaged Children and Youth, University College Copenhagen, Kronprinsesse Sofies Vej 35, Frederiksberg 2000, Copenhagen, Denmark ([email protected]). We would like to thank all the childcare workers who voluntarily spent their time completing our questionnaires; without their effort this study would not be possible. We also thank Dr Philip Dale of the University of New Mexico for editing this article. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Infants & Young Children: January/March 2021 - Volume 34 - Issue 1 - p 33-45 doi: 10.1097/IYC.0000000000000180 Buy Metrics Abstract This study compares teachers' perspectives on three assessment instruments for socioemotional development in early childhood, which differ in their emphasis on strengths and difficulties in this domain: the Caregiver-Teacher Report Form (C-TRF), the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, Teacher version (SDQ-T), and the Social Emotional Assessment Measure (SEAM). We examine the teachers' views on the clarity, relevance, and acceptability, as well as estimating average completion times, of the three questionnaires in the context of Danish childcare. Overall, the SEAM was rated better able to convey the child's strengths, was more acceptable by teachers than the C-TRF and SDQ-T, and provided a better basis for talking with parents. Given its content and acceptability, we conclude this strength-based measure strongly merits inclusion in child assessment of socioemotional development. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.