Mackenzie, Catherine (2000) The relevance of age and education in the assessment of discourse comprehension. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 14 (2). 151 – 161.Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Elderly people, the majority of whom completed education at age 14, comprise an increasingly significant proportion of the population. Neurological disorders which affect language processing are particularly associated with older age. To detect mild or subtle deficits, assessment is required to extend beyond decontextualized units which permit only literal interpretation. A lack of elderly normative data limits the usefulness of such measures. The influences of age, education and gender on comprehension were assessed in adults aged between 40 and 88. Clear advantage for those educated beyond minimum school leaving age and disadvantage for those over age 75 was evident in all measures: discourse, metaphor and inference. In particular the scores of very elderly subjects whose education was completed at the then minimum age of 14 show similarity to the published test data for pathological populations. Age and education are relevant to interpretation of language test performance of those with known pathology but also to everyday communication.
|Keywords:||comprehension , elderly , education, discourse, Other systems of medicine, Speech and Hearing|
|Subjects:||Medicine > Other systems of medicine|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Speech and Language Therapy|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||26 May 2011 18:29|
|Last modified:||22 Mar 2017 11:26|