Predicting receptive vocabulary change from childhood to adulthood: a birth cohort study

Armstrong, Rebecca, Scott, James, Copland, David, McMahon, Katie, Khan, Asaduzzaman, Najman, Jake M., Alati, Rosa and Arnott, Wendy (2016) Predicting receptive vocabulary change from childhood to adulthood: a birth cohort study. Journal of Communication Disorders, 64 78-90. doi:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2016.10.002

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Author Armstrong, Rebecca
Scott, James
Copland, David
McMahon, Katie
Khan, Asaduzzaman
Najman, Jake M.
Alati, Rosa
Arnott, Wendy
Title Predicting receptive vocabulary change from childhood to adulthood: a birth cohort study
Journal name Journal of Communication Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-7994
Publication date 2016-11-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2016.10.002
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 64
Start page 78
End page 90
Total pages 13
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3310 Linguistics and Language
2805 Cognitive Neuroscience
3616 Speech and Hearing
2912 LPN and LVN
Abstract This study examined the parental and early childhood risk factors of different receptive vocabulary developmental profiles from childhood to adulthood. The sample (n = 1914), comprised of monolingual English speaking participants, from the Mater University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP). Receptive vocabulary was measured using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Revised (PPVT-R) at the 5 and 21-year follow ups. Four vocabulary profiles were evident: persistently typical, persistently impaired, later onset of difficulties, and resolved delays. The presence of internalising behaviours at 5 years, lower paternal educational attainment, and maternal smoking during pregnancy were associated with later onset vocabulary impairment. These findings have clinical and educational implications for identifying children ‘at risk’ of later deterioration in language skills.
Keyword Children
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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