Measuring communicative participation: a review of self-report instruments in speech-language pathology.

TitleMeasuring communicative participation: a review of self-report instruments in speech-language pathology.
Publication TypeJournal Article
2006
AuthorsEadie TL, Yorkston KM, Klasner ER, Dudgeon BJ, Deitz JC, Baylor CR, Miller RM, Amtmann D
JournalAmerican Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Volume15
Issue4
Pagination307-20
Date Published2006 Nov
ISSN1058-0360
Communication, Communication Disorders, Humans, Psychometrics, Questionnaires, Speech-Language Pathology, Treatment Outcome

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.

10.1044/1058-0360(2006/030)

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