The Concurrent Validity of the Minnesota Child Development Inventory as a Measure of Young Children's Language Development The extent to which the Minnesota Child Development Inventory (MCDI), could be used to estimate levels of language development in 2-year-old children was examined. Fifty-seven children between 23 and 28 months were given the Sequenced Inventory of Communication Development (SICD), and at the same time a parent completed the MCDI. ... Reports
Reports  |   February 01, 1989
The Concurrent Validity of the Minnesota Child Development Inventory as a Measure of Young Children's Language Development
 
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Reports   |   February 01, 1989
The Concurrent Validity of the Minnesota Child Development Inventory as a Measure of Young Children's Language Development
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1989, Vol. 54, 101-105. doi:10.1044/jshd.5401.101
History: Received January 11, 1988 , Accepted March 21, 1988
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1989, Vol. 54, 101-105. doi:10.1044/jshd.5401.101
History: Received January 11, 1988; Accepted March 21, 1988

The extent to which the Minnesota Child Development Inventory (MCDI), could be used to estimate levels of language development in 2-year-old children was examined. Fifty-seven children between 23 and 28 months were given the Sequenced Inventory of Communication Development (SICD), and at the same time a parent completed the MCDI. In addition the mean length of utterance (MLU) was obtained for each child from a spontaneous speech sample. The MCDI Expressive Language scale was found to be a strong predictor of both the SICD Expressive scale and MLU. The MCDI Comprehension-Conceptual scale, presumably a receptive language measure, was moderately correlated with the SICD Receptive scale; however, it was also strongly correlated with the expressive measures. These results demonstrated that the Expressive Language scale of the MCDI was a valid predictor of expressive language for 2-year-old children. The MCDI Comprehension-Conceptual scale appeared to assess both receptive and expressive language, thus complicating its interpretation.

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