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Pragmatics fragmented: the factor structure of the Dutch Children's Communication Checklist (CCC)

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Background: A number of disorders are associated with pragmatic difficulties. Instruments that can make subdivisions within the larger construct of pragmatics could be important tools for disentangling profiles of pragmatic difficulty in different disorders. The deficits underlying the observed pragmatic difficulties may be different for different disorders. Aims: To study the construct validity of a pragmatic language questionnaire. Method & Procedures: The construct of pragmatics is studied by applying exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis to the parent version of the Dutch Children's Communication Checklist (CCC; Bishop 1998). Parent ratings of 1589 typically developing children and 481 children with a clinical diagnosis were collected. Four different factor models derived from the original CCC scales and five different factor models based on EFA were compared with each other. The models were cross-validated. Outcomes & Results: The EFA-derived models were substantively different from the originally proposed CCC factor structure. EFA models gave a slightly better fit than the models based on the original CCC scales, though neither provided a good fit to the parent data. Coherence seemed to be part of language form and not of pragmatics, which is in line with the adaptation of the CCC, the CCC-2 (Bishop 2003). Most pragmatic items clustered together in one factor and these pragmatic items also clustered with items related to social relationships and specific interests. Conclusions & Implications: The nine scales of the original CCC do not reflect the underlying factor structure. Therefore, scale composition may be improved on and scores on subscale level need to be interpreted cautiously. Therefore, in interpreting the CCC profiles, the overall measure might be more informative than the postulated subscales as more information is needed to determine which constructs the suggested subscales are actually measuring.
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DEFICITS, LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT, AUTISM DIAGNOSTIC INTERVIEW, WILLIAMS-SYNDROME, TEACHER REPORT, DISORDERS, VALIDITY, ADJUSTMENT, PARENT, VERSION

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Geurts, HM et al. “Pragmatics Fragmented: The Factor Structure of the Dutch Children’s Communication Checklist (CCC).” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 44.5 (2009): 549–574. Print.
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Geurts, H., Hartman, C., Verte, S., Oosterlaan, J., Roeyers, H., & Sergeant, J. (2009). Pragmatics fragmented: the factor structure of the Dutch Children’s Communication Checklist (CCC). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS, 44(5), 549–574.
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Geurts, HM, C Hartman, Sylvie Verte, J Oosterlaan, Herbert Roeyers, and JA Sergeant. 2009. “Pragmatics Fragmented: The Factor Structure of the Dutch Children’s Communication Checklist (CCC).” International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 44 (5): 549–574.
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Geurts, HM, C Hartman, Sylvie Verte, J Oosterlaan, Herbert Roeyers, and JA Sergeant. 2009. “Pragmatics Fragmented: The Factor Structure of the Dutch Children’s Communication Checklist (CCC).” International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 44 (5): 549–574.
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Geurts H, Hartman C, Verte S, Oosterlaan J, Roeyers H, Sergeant J. Pragmatics fragmented: the factor structure of the Dutch Children’s Communication Checklist (CCC). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS. ABINGDON: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD; 2009;44(5):549–74.
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H. Geurts, C. Hartman, S. Verte, J. Oosterlaan, H. Roeyers, and J. Sergeant, “Pragmatics fragmented: the factor structure of the Dutch Children’s Communication Checklist (CCC),” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 549–574, 2009.
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  abstract     = {{Background: A number of disorders are associated with pragmatic difficulties. Instruments that can make subdivisions within the larger construct of pragmatics could be important tools for disentangling profiles of pragmatic difficulty in different disorders. The deficits underlying the observed pragmatic difficulties may be different for different disorders.

Aims: To study the construct validity of a pragmatic language questionnaire.

Method & Procedures: The construct of pragmatics is studied by applying exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis to the parent version of the Dutch Children's Communication Checklist (CCC; Bishop 1998). Parent ratings of 1589 typically developing children and 481 children with a clinical diagnosis were collected. Four different factor models derived from the original CCC scales and five different factor models based on EFA were compared with each other. The models were cross-validated.

Outcomes & Results: The EFA-derived models were substantively different from the originally proposed CCC factor structure. EFA models gave a slightly better fit than the models based on the original CCC scales, though neither provided a good fit to the parent data. Coherence seemed to be part of language form and not of pragmatics, which is in line with the adaptation of the CCC, the CCC-2 (Bishop 2003). Most pragmatic items clustered together in one factor and these pragmatic items also clustered with items related to social relationships and specific interests.

Conclusions & Implications: The nine scales of the original CCC do not reflect the underlying factor structure. Therefore, scale composition may be improved on and scores on subscale level need to be interpreted cautiously. Therefore, in interpreting the CCC profiles, the overall measure might be more informative than the postulated subscales as more information is needed to determine which constructs the suggested subscales are actually measuring.}},
  author       = {{Geurts, HM and Hartman, C and Verte, Sylvie and Oosterlaan, J and Roeyers, Herbert and Sergeant, JA}},
  issn         = {{1368-2822}},
  journal      = {{INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS}},
  keywords     = {{DEFICITS,LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT,AUTISM DIAGNOSTIC INTERVIEW,WILLIAMS-SYNDROME,TEACHER REPORT,DISORDERS,VALIDITY,ADJUSTMENT,PARENT,VERSION}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{5}},
  pages        = {{549--574}},
  publisher    = {{TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD}},
  title        = {{Pragmatics fragmented: the factor structure of the Dutch Children's Communication Checklist (CCC)}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13682820802243344}},
  volume       = {{44}},
  year         = {{2009}},
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