Validity of Multiple-Sentence Reading Comprehension Tests for Aphasic Adults This study assessed the passage dependency of multiple-sentence reading test items from the Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination (Goodglass & Kaplan, 1983), the Minnesota Test for Differential Diagnosis of Aphasia (Schuell, 1965), Examining for Aphasia (Eisenson, 1954), the Reading Comprehension Battery for Aphasia (LaPointe & Horner, 1979), and the Western Aphasia ... Research Article
Research Article  |   February 01, 1986
Validity of Multiple-Sentence Reading Comprehension Tests for Aphasic Adults
 
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Research Article   |   February 01, 1986
Validity of Multiple-Sentence Reading Comprehension Tests for Aphasic Adults
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1986, Vol. 51, 82-87. doi:10.1044/jshd.5101.82
History: Received August 21, 1985 , Accepted November 16, 1985
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1986, Vol. 51, 82-87. doi:10.1044/jshd.5101.82
History: Received August 21, 1985; Accepted November 16, 1985

This study assessed the passage dependency of multiple-sentence reading test items from the Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination (Goodglass & Kaplan, 1983), the Minnesota Test for Differential Diagnosis of Aphasia (Schuell, 1965), Examining for Aphasia (Eisenson, 1954), the Reading Comprehension Battery for Aphasia (LaPointe & Horner, 1979), and the Western Aphasia Battery (Kertesz, 1982). More than half of the test items from these reading tests were answered correctly by a significantly greater than chance number of both aphasic and non-brain-damaged adults without reading the passages whose comprehension the items purported to test. These results suggest that published tests for assessing aphasic persons' comprehension of multiple-sentence passages do not provide valid estimates of such persons' ability to comprehend information from printed texts.

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