Reporting Child Language Sampling Procedures Purpose Despite the long history of language sampling use in the study of child language development and disorders, there are no set guidelines specifying the reporting of language sampling procedures. The authors propose reporting standards for use by investigators who employ language samples in their research. Method The ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   December 01, 2014
Reporting Child Language Sampling Procedures
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lizbeth H. Finestack
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Bita Payesteh
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Jill Rentmeester Disher
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Hannah M. Julien
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Lizbeth H. Finestack: finestack@umn.edu
  • Editor: Rhea Paul
    Editor: Rhea Paul×
  • Associate Editor: Thomas Klee
    Associate Editor: Thomas Klee×
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Letter to the Editor   |   December 01, 2014
Reporting Child Language Sampling Procedures
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 2014, Vol. 57, 2274-2279. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-L-14-0093
History: Received April 1, 2014 , Revised August 8, 2014 , Accepted August 27, 2014
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 2014, Vol. 57, 2274-2279. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-L-14-0093
History: Received April 1, 2014; Revised August 8, 2014; Accepted August 27, 2014

Purpose Despite the long history of language sampling use in the study of child language development and disorders, there are no set guidelines specifying the reporting of language sampling procedures. The authors propose reporting standards for use by investigators who employ language samples in their research.

Method The authors conducted a literature search of child-focused studies published in journals of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association between January 2000 and December 2011 that included language sampling procedures to help characterize child participants or to derive measures to serve as dependent variables. Following this search, they reviewed each study and documented the language sampling procedures reported.

Results The authors' synthesis revealed that approximately 25% of all child-focused studies use language samples to help characterize participants and/or derive dependent variables. They found remarkable inconsistencies in the reporting of language sampling procedures.

Conclusion To maximize the conclusions drawn from research using language samples, the authors strongly encourage investigators of child language to consistently report language sampling procedures using the proposed reporting checklist.

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