ERIC Number: EJ812751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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Oral Language Competence, Social Skills and High-Risk Boys: What Are Juvenile Offenders Trying to Tell Us?
Snow, Pamela C.; Powell, Martine B.
Children & Society, v22 n1 p16-28 Jan 2008
A cross-sectional study examining the oral language abilities and social skills of male juvenile offenders is described. Fifty juvenile offenders and 50 non-offending controls completed measures of language processing and production, and measures of social skill and IQ. Information about type of offending, substance use histories and learning/literacy problems was also gathered. Young offenders performed significantly worse on all language and social skill measures, but these differences could not be accounted for on the basis of IQ. Just over half of the young offenders were identified as language impaired. This subgroup was compared with non-language impaired offending peers on a range of variables. The findings have particular implications in the areas of early intervention for high-risk boys and investigative interviewing of juvenile offenders.
Descriptors: Delinquency, Oral Language, Intelligence Quotient, Language Processing, Males, Interpersonal Competence, At Risk Persons, Language Skills, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Substance Abuse, Learning Problems, Language Impairments
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