The use of the Internet in collecting CDI data - an example from Norway

Peter Kristian Kristoffersen, Hanne Gram Simonsen, Dorthe Bleses, Sonja Wehberg, Rune Nørgård Jørgensen, Eli Anne Eiesland, Laila Yvonne Henriksen

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ABSTRACTThis article presents the methodology used in a population-based study of early communicative development in Norwegian children using an adaptation of the MacArthur-Bates communicative development inventories (CDI), comprising approximately 6500 children aged between 0 ; 8 and 3 ; 0. To our knowledge, this is the first CDI study collecting data via the Internet. After a short description of the procedures used in adapting the CDI to Norwegian and the selection of participants, we discuss the advantages and potential pitfalls of using web-based forms as a method of data collection. We found that use of web-based forms was far less time-consuming, and therefore also far less expensive than the traditional paper-based forms. The risk of coding errors was virtually eliminated with this method. We conclude that in a society with high access to the Internet, this is a method well worth pursuing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Child Language
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)567-585
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • Child Language
  • Child, Preschool
  • Data Collection/methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Internet
  • Linguistics
  • Male
  • Norway
  • Parents
  • Vocabulary


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