ERIC Number: EJ696413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Problem Behaviors of Low-Income Children with Language Delays: An Observation Study
Qi, Cathy Huaqing; Kaiser, Ann P.
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v47 n3 p595 Jun 2004
Children from low-income families are at increased risk for significant behavioral and language problems. Early identification of these problems is essential for effective intervention. The purpose of the present study was to use multiple behavioral assessments to examine the behavioral profiles of sixty 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families enrolled in Head Start programs and to compare the behavior characteristics of 32 children with language delays with those of 28 children with typical language development. Teachers completed the Child Behavior Checklist/Caregiver-Teacher Report Form/2-5 (CTRF; T. M. Achenbach, 1997) and the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS; F. M. Gresham & S. N. Elliott, 1990), and children were observed in the classrooms during structured and unstructured activities. Children with language delays exhibited more problem behaviors and poorer social skills on some of the observational measures than did children with typical language development, as predicted, but not on all.
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Observation, Identification, Child Behavior, Check Lists, Low Income, Low Income Groups, Language Acquisition, Delayed Speech, Language Impairments
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Tel: 301-897-5700, ext. 4164; Fax: 301-897-7348
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist; Social Skills Rating System