Research with spanish-speaking populations in the United States: lost in the translation. A commentary and a plea.


Journal Article

Verbal material used to assess the cognitive abilities of Spanish-speakers in the the United States is frequently of linguistically unacceptable quality. The use of these materials in research settings is thought to pose a serious threat to test validity and hence to the validity of claimed results or conclusions. The authors explain how and why incorrect language finds its way into cognitive tests used in research and other settings and suggest solutions to this serious problem.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Artiola I Fortuny, L; Garolera, M; Hermosillo Romo, D; Feldman, E; Fernández Barillas, H; Keefe, R; Lemaître, MJ; Ortiz Martín, A; Mirsky, A; Monguió, I; Morote, G; Parchment, S; Parchment, LJ; Da Pena, E; Politis, DG; Sedó, MA; Taussik, I; Valdivia, F; De Valdivia, LE; Verger Maestre, K

Published Date

  • July 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 555 - 564

PubMed ID

  • 16019632

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16019632

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1380-3395

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13803390490918282


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England