Stability of Cohesion in the Spoken Narratives of Language-Impaired and Normally Developing School-Aged Children The short-term stability of the cohesion scores for the spoken narratives of language-impaired and normally developing school-aged children was investigated. Narratives were obtained from 39 language-impaired and 39 normal-language children, aged 8–10 years, at four 2-week intervals. Reliability coefficients for scores from five measures—two for cohesive adequacy and three for ... Research Article
Research Article  |   February 01, 1991
Stability of Cohesion in the Spoken Narratives of Language-Impaired and Normally Developing School-Aged Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carol J. Strong
    Utah State University, Logan
  • James P. Shaver
    Utah State University, Logan
  • Requests for reprints should be sent to Carol J. Strong, Ed.D., Department of Communicative Disorders, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-1000.
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Research Article   |   February 01, 1991
Stability of Cohesion in the Spoken Narratives of Language-Impaired and Normally Developing School-Aged Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 1991, Vol. 34, 95-111. doi:10.1044/jshr.3401.95
History: Received October 9, 1989 , Accepted March 8, 1990
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 1991, Vol. 34, 95-111. doi:10.1044/jshr.3401.95
History: Received October 9, 1989; Accepted March 8, 1990

The short-term stability of the cohesion scores for the spoken narratives of language-impaired and normally developing school-aged children was investigated. Narratives were obtained from 39 language-impaired and 39 normal-language children, aged 8–10 years, at four 2-week intervals. Reliability coefficients for scores from five measures—two for cohesive adequacy and three for verbal productivity—were of adequate magnitude for analysis. Mean cohesive adequacy scores were stable across narratives, but stability coefficients were only moderately large. Stability coefficients for verbal productivity scores were sufficiently large for research purposes; mean scores were most similar between testing Times 2 and 3, indicating that stability increased after children had experience telling stories.

Acknowledgment
The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of Marilyn Cleckler in assisting with transcription and intercoder agreement.
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