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Language, social behavior, and the quality of friendships in adolescents with and without a history of Specific Language Impairment

Durkin, K. and Conti-Ramsden, G. (2007) Language, social behavior, and the quality of friendships in adolescents with and without a history of Specific Language Impairment. Child Development, 78 (5). ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

Language is drawn on extensively in friendships but has received scant attention in the developmental literature. This study compared friendship quality in 16-year-old adolescents with and without specific language impairment (SLI), testing the extent it is predicted by individual differences in social behaviors and language ability. Participants were 120 adolescents with SLI and 118 typically developing (TD) adolescents. After considering the effects of nonverbal IQ and prosocial and difficult behavior, language measures were found to be associated with friendship quality. The TD participants enjoyed normal friendships, whereas the participants with SLI were more likely to exhibit poorer quality (although 60% experienced good quality of friendships). Longitudinal analyses identified early language difficulties as predictive of poorer friendship quality in adolescence.

Item type: Article
ID code: 5151
Keywords: language impairment, language difficulties, Psychology, Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Education, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2008
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 17:38
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/5151

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