Date of Award

9-27-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Casey, Joseph

Keywords

Assessment, Children, Language abilities, Neuropsychology, Sentence repetition, Working memory

Rights

CC-BY-NC-ND

Abstract

The present study examined the association between sentence repetition and other cognitive abilities in 6- to 14-year-old children (N = 118; 60% female) recruited from schools in Windsor, Ontario. The effect of age and sex on children's SR was also examined. Children completed Benton's (1965) sentence repetition task, which required them to repeat a series of 26 verbally presented sentences of increasing length. Language, auditory verbal memory, processing speed, fluid reasoning, and visual perception were measured with subtests from the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (5th edition) and auditory nonverbal memory was assessed with the Seashore Rhythm Test. A multiple linear regression model including all independent variables significantly predicted SR performance. Only language abilities and auditory verbal memory significantly added to the prediction. Age was significantly and positively correlated to SR performance. Sex did not significantly affect SR performance. With the advantage of including the cognitive domains identified in previous studies within a single study, the findings support that SR is more than a measure of learning and memory. That SR taps multiple cognitive domains emphasizes the need to consider performance in the context of a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation.

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