The Effect of Race on Language Elicitation Neither the race of the examiner nor the race of the child depicted in the stimulus materials affected the language performance of randomly selected Black and White children when language performance was measured in terms of response length and response latency. These findings suggest that clinicians should not assume that ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1986
The Effect of Race on Language Elicitation
 
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  • Harry N. Seymour is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts, 6 Arnold House, Amherst, MA 01003. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at this address. Nancy Ashton is a speech-language pathologist currently in private practice. Lilly Wheeler is a speech-language pathologist.
    Harry N. Seymour is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts, 6 Arnold House, Amherst, MA 01003. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at this address. Nancy Ashton is a speech-language pathologist currently in private practice. Lilly Wheeler is a speech-language pathologist.×
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Research Article   |   July 01, 1986
The Effect of Race on Language Elicitation
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1986, Vol. 17, 146-151. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1703.146
History: Received April 25, 1983 , Accepted April 24, 1985
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1986, Vol. 17, 146-151. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1703.146
History: Received April 25, 1983; Accepted April 24, 1985

Neither the race of the examiner nor the race of the child depicted in the stimulus materials affected the language performance of randomly selected Black and White children when language performance was measured in terms of response length and response latency. These findings suggest that clinicians should not assume that racial differences between themselves and their clients will impede the language sampling process. However, race is not considered irrelevant, and an argument is presented for race consciousness on the part of clinicians.

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