Measuring Communicative Participation: A Review of Self-Report Instruments in Speech-Language Pathology Purpose To assess the adequacy of self-report instruments in speech-language pathology for measuring a construct called communicative participation. Method Six instruments were evaluated relative to (a) the construct measured, (b) the relevance of individual items to communicative participation, and (c) their psychometric properties. Results No instrument ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   November 01, 2006
Measuring Communicative Participation: A Review of Self-Report Instruments in Speech-Language Pathology
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tanya L. Eadie
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Kathryn M. Yorkston
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Estelle R. Klasner
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Brian J. Dudgeon
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Jean C. Deitz
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Carolyn R. Baylor
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Robert M. Miller
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Dagmar Amtmann
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Contact author: Tanya L. Eadie, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1417 NE 42nd Street, Seattle, WA 98105. E-mail: teadie@u.washington.edu.
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   November 01, 2006
Measuring Communicative Participation: A Review of Self-Report Instruments in Speech-Language Pathology
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2006, Vol. 15, 307-320. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2006/030)
History: Received September 21, 2005 , Revised February 14, 2006 , Accepted July 21, 2006
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2006, Vol. 15, 307-320. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2006/030)
History: Received September 21, 2005; Revised February 14, 2006; Accepted July 21, 2006
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Purpose To assess the adequacy of self-report instruments in speech-language pathology for measuring a construct called communicative participation.

Method Six instruments were evaluated relative to (a) the construct measured, (b) the relevance of individual items to communicative participation, and (c) their psychometric properties.

Results No instrument exclusively measured communicative participation. Twenty-six percent (n = 34) of all items (N = 132) across the reviewed instruments were consistent with communicative participation. The majority (76%) of the 34 items were associated with general communication, while the remaining 24% of the items were associated with communication at work, during leisure, or for establishing relationships. Instruments varied relative to psychometric properties.

Conclusions No existing self-report instruments in speech-language pathology were found to be solely dedicated to measuring communicative participation. Developing an instrument for measuring communicative participation is essential for meeting the requirements of our scope of practice.

Acknowledgments
We gratefully acknowledge support from National Institutes of Health Grant 1R21 HD 45882-01, a planning grant titled “Developing a Scale of Communication Participation.”
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