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ERIC Number: EJ1013381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9630
Commentary: Increased Risk of Later Emotional and Behavioural Problems in Children with SLI -- Reflections on Yew and O'Kearney (2013)
Conti-Ramsden, Gina
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v54 n5 p525-526 May 2013
Children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) find it effortful to learn to talk and these difficulties can be persistent. Given the importance of language to human behaviour, it is not surprising to find that language difficulties are a risk factor for associated difficulties in other aspects of children's development. This article asks the question: "How strong is the link between childhood SLI and later emotional and behavioural difficulties?" Most of the evidence available on the relationship between SLI and emotional and behavioural disorders (EBD) is cross-sectional in nature. Although informative, such studies are less suited to address developmental relationships. What is needed are prospective studies. However, there are few longitudinal studies of children with SLI. Such investigations are expensive, both in terms of time and cost. Thus, the author of this article points toward Yew and O'Kearney's (2013) meta analyses of 19 controlled prospective studies of SLI and later EBD as providers of a very useful systematic review of the evidence available: what can and importantly, what cannot conclude from the findings to date. Gina Conti-Ramsden, states in this commentary that the meta-analyses by Yew and O'Kearney make a unique contribution to our understanding of the relationship between SLI and later EBDs. They underlie the fact that there is a dearth of information in this area and that the evidence is preliminary in nature and limited to two potential mediators: type of language difficulty and gender.
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