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ERIC Number: EJ892600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0161-1461
Communication Development and Differences in Children Adopted from China and Eastern Europe
Hwa-Froelich, Deborah A.; Matsuo, Hisako
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v41 n3 p349-366 Jul 2010
Purpose: The communication development of children adopted from China and Eastern Europe was compared by region of origin at 6 and 12 months after adoption. Method: Twenty children, recruited before or immediately following their adoption, participated in the study. Measures were collected between 2 and 6 months after adoption (Time 1) and between 12 and 14 months after adoption (Time 2). The children's ages ranged between 11-22 months and 22-34 months, respectively. Parent-reported vocabulary comprehension and expression and behavioral communication assessments were administered. Results: No significant differences between region of origin were found at Time 1. At Time 2, significant group differences in expressive language performance were found, with children adopted from China and Eastern Europe demonstrating different patterns of English language development. Conclusion: Early prelinguistic measures may provide prognostic indicators for later English language development. Children adopted from different countries where they are initially exposed to different birth languages may acquire English differently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Europe