Document Type



Master of Arts


Department of English

First Advisor's Name

Melissa Baralt

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Tometro Hopkins

Second Advisor's Committee Title

committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Ellen Thompson

Third Advisor's Committee Title

committee member


MacArthur-Bates CDI, Synthesis, children, English, Spanish, bilingual English and Spanish, 2-36 months

Date of Defense



This synthesis will touch on the current parent-based assessments available while focusing specifically on the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Inventory English and Spanish versions. It will analyze studies that have used this test to predict language delays in infants from 2-36 months and look at its validity and effectiveness. It will use the PRISMA method to narrow search results. The PRISMA method is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Areas of concern were socioeconomic status, level of parent education, race, design, and effects of disability on CDI performance. 26 studies met the criteria to be used in this synthesis. The main aspect targeted was data on vocabulary production. Results showed just under half of the CDI scores were compromised by one or more of the variables analyzed. This study concluded results of the CDI should be reviewed with caution.



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