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Short-form versions of the Spanish MacArthur–Bates Communicative Development Inventories

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 March 2012

DONNA JACKSON-MALDONADO
Affiliation:
Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
VIRGINIA A. MARCHMAN
Affiliation:
Stanford University
LIA C. H. FERNALD
Affiliation:
University of California, Berkeley
Corresponding

Abstract

The Spanish-language MacArthur–Bates Communicative Development Inventories (S-CDIs) are well-established parent report tools for assessing the language development of Spanish-speaking children under 3 years. Here, we introduce the short-form versions of the S-CDIs (SFI and SFII), offered as alternatives to the long forms for screening purposes or in applications requiring a less-demanding instrument. Norming data (SFI: n = 601; SFII: n = 2,534) from diverse populations in Mexico are described. Developmental trends, gender differences, and socioeconomic status effects are reported that parallel those for the long forms. An additional small-scale study (n = 62) demonstrates strong convergence between responses on the long and the short forms. These results provide evidence that the S-CDI SFs have promise for a range of clinical and research applications.

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