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ERIC Number: EJ784122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Language and Independence in Adolescents with and without a History of Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
Conti-Ramsden, Gina; Durkin, Kevin
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v51 n1 p70-83 Feb 2008
Purpose: Achieving behavioral independence is a key task of adolescent development. This 1 article of a companion set of 2 (the 2nd addressing the topic of parental perspectives) presents an investigation of the impact of language ability on independence. Method: Longitudinal and follow-up data from 120 adolescents with a history of specific language impairment (SLI), as well as concurrent data on a comparison group of 118 typically developing (TD) young people, are reported. Parental and self-report measures were used to examine independent functioning related to everyday living at the end of compulsory education (16 years of age). Results: Adolescents with SLI are less independent than their TD peers, and level of independence is associated with poor early language and poor later literacy skills. Conclusion: Language and literacy play a larger role in adolescent independent functioning than nonverbal abilities in both TD adolescents and adolescents with SLI.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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