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October 2021

Measuring variability in early child language: Don't shoot the messenger

Author(s): Bates, E., Dale, P., Goodman, J., Reznick, J. S., Thal, D.

Journal/Book: Child Develop. 2000; 71: 350 Main Street, Ste 6, Malden, MA 02148, USA. Blackwell Publishers. 323-328.

Abstract: Feldman et al. Criticize the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) as having too much variability, too little stability, and insufficient ability to predict early language delay. We present data showing that these characteristics of the CDI are authentic reflections of individual differences in early language development rather than measurement deficiencies. We also respond to their critical assertions concerning sociodemographic influences on the CDI scores.

Note: Article Fenson L, San Diego State Univ, Dev Psychol Lab, San Diego,CA 92182 USA


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