Article

Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 845-861

Assessment battery for communication (ABaCo): normative data

  • Romina AngeleriAffiliated withCenter for Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology, University of Turin Email author 
  • , Francesca M. BoscoAffiliated withCenter for Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology, University of Turin, and Neuroscience Institute of Turin
  • , Ilaria GabbatoreAffiliated withCenter for Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology, University of Turin
  • , Bruno G. BaraAffiliated withCenter for Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology, University of Turin, and Neuroscience Institute of Turin
  • , Katiuscia SaccoAffiliated withCenter for Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology, University of Turin, and Neuroscience Institute of TurinCCS fMRI Neuroradiology at Koelliker Hospital

Abstract

The Assessment Battery for Communication (ABaCo) was introduced to evaluate pragmatic abilities in patients with cerebral lesions. The battery is organized into five evaluation scales focusing on separate components of pragmatic competence. In the present study, we present normative data for individuals 15–75 years of age (N = 300). The sample was stratified by age, sex, and years of education, according to Italian National Institute of Statistics indications in order to be representative of the general national population. Since performance on the ABaCo decreases with age and lower years of education, the norms were stratified for both age and education. The ABaCo is a valuable tool in clinical practice; the normative data provided here will enable clinicians to determine different kinds and specific levels of communicative impairments more precisely.

Keywords

Normative data Communication Assessment Pragmatics