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ERIC Number: EJ787839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0198-7429
An Investigation of the Characteristics of K-12 Students with Comorbid Emotional Disturbance and Significant Language Deficits Served in Public School Settings
Nelson, J. Ron; Benner, Gregory, J.; Rogers-Adkinson, Diana L.
Behavioral Disorders, v29 n1 p25-33 Dec 2003
A plethora of research has indicated that emotional disturbance (ED) and language deficits frequently co-occur. Scant research, however, has examined the characteristics of public school students with comorbid ED and language deficits. Furthermore, researchers have not studied children with IQ and language skill discrepancies. The overall purpose of this cross-sectional study conducted with students in grades K through 12 (N = 69) with ED and comorbid language deficits was to detail the academic and social adjustment characteristics of students with an IQ/language skill discrepancy (i.e., a negative standard deviation difference or greater between IQ and total language score). In addition, the types of dimensional behaviors that predict the language skills of these students was explored. Forty-five percent (n = 69) of the original 152 randomly selected students with ED evinced a language deficit. Students with language deficits were likely to exhibit comorbid written language (46%), reading (41%), and math deficits (31%). Delinquent behavior predicted total and receptive language discrepancy scores of students. Results and limitations are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A