ERIC Number: ED201105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Correlates of Language Development in Language Disordered Children: An Archival Study. Final Report.
Dreyer, Philip H.; Schery, Teris K.
The study organized a large data archive gathered on 718 children with severe language disorders over 8 years. Descriptive data were categorized as demographic/background, physical/developmental, social/personality, and language/academic characteristics; and then analyzed for the total group, by sex, and by three age cohorts, allowing a broad description of this group of children. Sets of descriptor variables in six domains were identified from program records and were used to predict language performance at program entry and relative language improvement over 2 to 3 years. Age was the strongest predictor for all analyses. In general, the primary research factors in the study (42 variables representing IQ, socioeconomic status, physical/neurological and social-emotional background) failed to account very well for either language performance at program entry or for relative language gain. In prediction of pretest language performance, IQ and physical factors played the strongest role. The two factors contributing significantly to prediction of relative gain were IQ (although suprisingly weakly) and social-emotional status. Characteristics of those children who progressed most in the program were identified. Additional information was presented bearing upon policy issues such as validity of the program model and streamlining of diagnostic and data keeping procedures. (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Claremont Graduate School, CA.
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Claremont Graduate School.