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The Houston Questionnaire (Castilla-Earls et al., 2022)

posted on 2022-09-27, 22:45 authored by Anny Castilla-Earls, Juliana Ronderos, Lisa Fitton

Purpose: The aim of this study was to develop a child self-report questionnaire measuring bilingual experience and self-perceptions of Spanish and English proficiency and establish preliminary evidence of validity and reliability for the questionnaire.

Method: Participants included 113 Spanish–English bilingual children with and without developmental language disorders ranging in age from 4 to 8 years. All children completed the questionnaire in Spanish and participated in behavioral assessment of their language skills in both Spanish and English.

Results: Using confirmatory factor analysis, a model with three correlated factors (self-perception of proficiency in Spanish, self-perception of proficiency in English, and bilingual experience) emerged with the best global fit, reasonableness, consistency with theory, and model parsimony, suggesting that the questionnaire has good internal reliability. The scaled results of the questionnaires significantly correlated with behavioral measures of both Spanish and English, supporting the convergent validity of the measure.

Conclusions: The Houston Questionnaire is an assessment tool for the assessment of bilingual experience and self-perception of proficiency in Spanish and English bilingual children between the ages of 4 and 8 years. The results provide foundational evidence supporting the reliability and convergent validity of this tool.

Supplemental Material S1. Response frequencies for items in the questionnaire: Do you speak Spanish well? Do you speak English well? Do you think Spanish is easy? Do you think English is easy? 

Supplemental Material S2. Response frequencies for items in the questionnaire: preferred language by context and languages spoken communication partner in the home. 

Supplemental Material S3. Response frequencies for items in the questionnaire: How much Spanish do you hear during the day? How much English do you hear during the day? Do you have firends who only speak Spanish? Do you have friends who only speak English? Do you have friends who speak English & Spanish? 

Castilla-Earls, A., Ronderos, J., & Fitton, L. (2022). Can bilingual children self-report their bilingual experience and proficiency? The Houston Questionnaire. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication.


Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Award K23DC015835 granted to Anny Castilla-Earls.