Date of Award

1990

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

Keywords

Psychology, Psychometrics.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This study examined the effects of language impairment and age on the pattern of performance on the scales of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children (K-ABC). Four groups of preschool children were examined: 14 four-year-old children and 10 five-year-old children with a clinical diagnosis of expressive and receptive language impairments; 14 four-year-old children and 19 five-year-old children referred for reason other than language impairment. Subjects were matched on age, sex, SES, and presence of behavior problems. The results provided some support for Telzrow's (1984) predicted pattern of performance. The language-impaired children did perform better on the Simultaneous Processing than the Sequential Processing Scale. However, the control group also exhibited this pattern of performance. The hypothesis that older language-impaired children would exhibit Telzrow's (1984) predicted pattern more clearly than the younger language-impaired children was not supported. Such findings may have been due to the small sample size and narrow age range employed. No clear distinction was revealed between the K-ABC Nonverbal Scale and Kamphaus-Reynolds's Verbal Intelligence Composite for the subjects employed in the present study. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-04, page: 1503. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.

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