ERIC Number: EJ694184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Reference Count: 48
Concurrent and Predictive Validity of Parent Reports of Child Language at Ages 2 and 3 Years
Feldman, Heidi M.; Dale, Philip S.; Campbell, Thomas F.; Colborn, D. Kathleen; Kurs-Lasky, Marcia; Rockette, Howard E.; Paradise, Jack L.
Child Development, v76 n4 p856-868 Jul 2005
The MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDI; Dale, 1996; Fenson et al., 1994), parent reports about language skills, are being used increasingly in studies of theoretical and public health importance. This study (N=113) correlated scores on the CDI at ages 2 and 3 years with scores at age 3 years on tests of cognition and receptive language and measures from parent-child conversation. Associations indicated reasonable concurrent and predictive validity. The findings suggest that satisfactory vocabulary scores at age 2 are likely to predict normal language skills at age 3, although some children with limited skills at age 3 will have had satisfactory scores at age 2. Many children with poor vocabulary scores at 2 will have normal skills at 3.
Descriptors: Language Skills, Public Health, Receptive Language, Predictive Validity, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Scores, Correlation, Measures (Individuals), Parent Child Relationship, Vocabulary Development
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