The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) assessed their cohort members (CMs) at 61 months’ age (Children in Focus Clinic) using a measure of Short-term Memory (Nonword Repetition).
Details on this measure and the data collected from the CMs are outlined in the table below.
|CHC:||Gsm (Short-term memory)|
|Administration method:||Trained interviewer; clinical setting; questions answered orally|
|Procedure:||The child was presented with 40 nonwords (10 each containing 2, 3, 4 and 5 syllables) played on an audio cassette recorder. The child was asked to repeat each item after it was played. The number of correctly repeated words at each syllable length was recorded.|
|Link to questionnaire:||http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/researchers/our-data/clinical-measures/ (opens in new tab)|
|Scoring:||Number of correct 2 - 5 syllable words (0 - 10)|
|Total number of correct words (0 - 40)|
|Item-level variable(s):||cf470 - cf476|
|Total score/derived variable(s):||cf475|
|N = 943|
|Range = 0 - 35|
|Mean = 17.91|
|SD = 7.33|
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|Age of participants (months):||Mean = 67.19, SD = 0.8, Range = 65 - 73|
|Other sweep and/or cohort:||ALSPAC – Age 8.5 – Short Term Memory (Non-word Repetition)|
|Source:||Gathercole, S. E., & Baddeley, A. D. (1996). The children's test of nonword repetition. Pearson.|
|Reference examples:||Gathercole, S. E., Tiffany, C., Briscoe, J., Thorn, A., & ALSPAC team. (2005). Developmental consequences of poor phonological short-term memory function in childhood: A longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46(6), 598-611.|
|Gathercole, S. E., Briscoe, J., Thorn, A., Tiffany, C., & ALSPAC Study Team. (2008). Deficits in verbal long-term memory and learning in children with poor phonological short-term memory skills. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(3), 474-490.|
- Overview of all cognitive measures in ALSPAC
- Overview of childhood cognitive measures across all studies
This page is part of CLOSER’s ‘A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies’.