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ERIC Number: EJ787840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0198-7429
Language Competence and Social Behavior of Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
Rinaldi, Claudia
Behavioral Disorders, v29 n1 p34-42 Nov 2003
This study was designed to explore a model of communicative competence (Abbeduto & Nuccio, 1989) and identify whether its components could (a) predict pragmatic language difficulties for children with emotional or behavioral disorders (E/BD) and (b) describe the semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic language ability as well as the social skills of these children. The Test of Language Development (Newcomer & Hammill, 1997), the Social Skills Rating System (Gresham & Elliot, 1990), and the Test of Pragmatic Language (Phelps-Terasaki & Phelps-Gunn, 1992) were used to assess 61 students. Results indicated that 93.5% of the students scored between one and two standard deviations below the mean in at least one area. Statistical analysis revealed that semantic language, syntactic language, IQ, and social skills--components of the model of communicative competence--predicted pragmatic language competence. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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