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Verbal (animal) fluency scores in age/grade appropriate minority children from low socioeconomic backgrounds


GEORGE P.  PRIGATANO  a1 c1 , JENNIFER A.  GRAY  a1 and VICKY T.  LOMAY  a1
a1 Division of Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Article author query
prigatano gp   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
gray ja   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
lomay vt   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

Two hundred-thirteen children in grades 1 through 8 were asked to rapidly generate as many names of animals as they could in 60 seconds. These children were age appropriate for their grade level in school, did not receive any form of special education services, and as a group showed (estimated) average intellectual ability. They were primarily from minority (particularly Hispanic) backgrounds and came from families with low socioeconomic status. Normative data are presented. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis revealed that the age range/grade level score accounted for 21.5% of the variability in fluency scores and the Vocabulary level of the child accounted for an additional 5.7%. Level of performance on this animal fluency task was not lower than what has been reported in primarily white children from middle socioeconomic backgrounds. (JINS, 2008, 14, 143–147.)

(Received April 2 2007)
(Revised June 11 2007)
(Accepted June 11 2007)


Key Words: Semantic fluency; School-age children; Minority; Low socio-economic status; Norms; Developmental changes.

Correspondence:
c1 Correspondence and reprint requests to: Dr. George P. Prigatano, Clinical Neuropsychology, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, 222 West Thomas Rd., Suite 315, Phoenix, Arizona 85013. E-mail: gprigat@chw.edu