Results and Discussion High Point Analysis

  • Carole Peterson
  • Allyssa McCabe


All of the narratives produced by the children were divided into clauses, and the constituent elements identified. For analysis of the overall structure of the children’s narrative, ie. of how their narrative clauses are put together, we selected the three longest narratives produced by each child, since length is correlated with complexity (Brown, 1973). The narratives were independently classified as belonging to one of the previously described patterns by both authors, and agreement on classification was 87%. When there was a disagreement, the narrative was discussed and a consensus reached. The relative frequencies of these patterns across ages is shown in Table 6.


High Point Causal Explanation Narrative Comment Discriminant Function Analysis Narrative Structure 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole Peterson
    • 1
  • Allyssa McCabe
    • 2
  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.Wheaton CollegeNortonUSA

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