Measures of language outcomes using the Aboriginal Children's Survey

Findlay, Leanne C.; Kohen, Dafna E.
January 2013
Health Reports;Jan2013, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p10
Background Speech and language skills are an important developmental milestone for all children, and one of the most prevalent forms of developmental delay among Aboriginal children. However, population-based indicators of Aboriginal children's language outcomes are limited. Data and methods Data from the Aboriginal Children's Survey (ACS) were used to examine measures of language for Aboriginal children who were 2 to 5 years of age. Responses to ACS questions on ability in any language were examined in exploratory factor analyses to determine possible language indicators. Construct validity was examined by regressing language outcomes onto socio-demographic characteristics known to be associated with children's language. Results Four language outcomes were identified and labelled: expressive language, mutual understanding, story-telling, and speech and language difficulties. Interpretation The conceptualization of items from the ACS into separate language indicators can be used by researchers examining young Aboriginal children's language outcomes.


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