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The reliability of the SCAN test: results from a primary school population in the UK

Marriage, J., King, J., Briggs, J. and Lutman, M.E. (2001) The reliability of the SCAN test: results from a primary school population in the UK British Journal of Audiology, 35, (3), pp. 199-208.

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The SCAN test utilizes a pre-recorded tape, with carrier phrase and target words spoken by an American English speaker, to screen for central auditory processing disorders in children. The aim of the present study was to establish whether the normative data, derived from American school children, are applicable to a UK primary school population. The SCAN test was administered to 133 British primary school children with normal hearing, stratified into one-year age bands. Mean scores from the UK sample were found to be significantly lower than US mean scores for the most of the age bands. Analysis of word errors indicates accent and word familiarity effects. This evaluation of the SCAN indicates that the test is not directly applicable to British children as currently normalized. The present study provides interim norms for the American recording for age bands six to 11 years. It is recommended that the test material is recorded by a UK English speaker, with substitution of high error-rate target words, followed by normative data collection for the new test material.

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Published date: 2001
Additional Information: British Journal of Audiology continued under new title: International Journal of Audiology ISSN 1499-2027
Organisations: Human Sciences Group


Local EPrints ID: 10560
PURE UUID: 74617ab9-3a74-4001-b886-dbf358647bdf

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Date deposited: 07 Feb 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:06

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Author: J. Marriage
Author: J. King
Author: J. Briggs
Author: M.E. Lutman

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