A Screening Version of the Swedish Communicative Development Inventories Designed for Use With 18-Month-Old Children An instrument designed to assess young children's communicative skills at 18 months is described. The instrument consists of a 103-item parental report checklist based on the Swedish version of the Communicative Development Inventories (SECDI). We present descriptive data from a study at the Swedish Community Health Care Centres, including parental ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 2002
A Screening Version of the Swedish Communicative Development Inventories Designed for Use With 18-Month-Old Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mårten Eriksson, PhD
    Department of Education and Psychology University of Gävle Gävle, Sweden
  • Monica Westerlund
    Department of Women's and Children's Health Uppsala University Hospital Uppsala, Sweden
  • Eva Berglund
    Department of Nursing Research and Development Uppsala University Hospital Uppsala, Sweden
  • Contact author: Mårten Eriksson, PhD, Department of Education and Psychology, University of Gävle, 801 76 Gävle, Sweden. E-mail: marten.eriksson@hig.se
  • * Currently affiliated with University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden
    Currently affiliated with University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden×
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Research Article   |   October 01, 2002
A Screening Version of the Swedish Communicative Development Inventories Designed for Use With 18-Month-Old Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2002, Vol. 45, 948-960. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2002/077)
History: Received December 5, 2001 , Accepted April 23, 2002
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2002, Vol. 45, 948-960. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2002/077)
History: Received December 5, 2001; Accepted April 23, 2002
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An instrument designed to assess young children's communicative skills at 18 months is described. The instrument consists of a 103-item parental report checklist based on the Swedish version of the Communicative Development Inventories (SECDI). We present descriptive data from a study at the Swedish Community Health Care Centres, including parental reports of 1021 18-month-old children. The response rate was 88%. Performance at the 10th percentile consisted of 8 communicative gestures, 45 comprehended words, and 7 spoken words. The overall results indicate that the instrument is reliable and has validity approximating that of the SECDI. Furthermore, parents of the children with the poorest vocabulary indicated approval of the assessment procedure in interviews especially directed to this group.

Acknowledgments
The present research was funded by grants from the University of Gävle and from the Center for Caring Sciences at Uppsala University to Mårten Eriksson. We thank all the parents for participating in the study, the nurses at the Child Health Care Centers for their co-operation, and Febe Orest at the Department of Caring Sciences, University of Gävle for carrying out the interviews.
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