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Assessing the construct validity of the Therapy Outcome Measure for pre-school children with delayed speech and language

Roulstone, Sue; John, Alexandra; Hughes, Anthony; Enderby, Pam

Authors

Alexandra John

Anthony Hughes

Pam Enderby



Abstract

Abstract This paper explores the construct validity of a measure of clinical outcomes, the Therapy Outcomes Measures (TOM). The work took place within a randomized controlled trial of pre-school children with speech and language difficulties in community clinics. Assessments of 159 children pre-randomization covered aspects of the children's expressive and receptive language, phonology, attention, play and socialization. The analysis investigated the relationship between the TOM and the various assessments. The sample, which included a range of primary speech and language difficulties, was stratified according to children's baseline scores on receptive and expressive language and their phonology. This made possible an assessment of the TOM against the pattern of the children's difficulties rather than against a single criterion. The pattern of correlation found between the TOM impairment ratings and the assessments reflected the child's predominant difficulty suggesting that the TOM ratings do have construct validity for this client group. © 2004 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.

Citation

Roulstone, S., John, A., Hughes, A., & Enderby, P. (2004). Assessing the construct validity of the Therapy Outcome Measure for pre-school children with delayed speech and language. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 6(4), 230-236. https://doi.org/10.1080/14417040400010181

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2004
Journal International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Print ISSN 1754-9507
Electronic ISSN 1754-9507
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 4
Pages 230-236
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14417040400010181
Keywords delayed speech and language, outcome measure, validity, children
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/1065706
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14417040400010181