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ERIC Number: EJ985846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0161-1461
Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Functioning of Secondary School Students with Low Academic and Language Performance: Perspectives from Students, Teachers, and Parents
Joffe, Victoria L.; Black, Emma
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v43 n4 p461-473 Oct 2012
Purpose: Adolescence is a time of transition when young people with language difficulties are at increased risk of experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties (SEBD). Most studies of social, emotional, and behavioral functioning (SEBF) in individuals with language difficulties focus on children with a clinical diagnosis of language impairment. This study explores SEBF in a nonclinical group of 12-year-old students with low educational and language performance from their own perspectives and those of their parents and teachers. Method: The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (Goodman, 1997) was given to 352 mainstream secondary school students who were underperforming academically and had poor language performance. Two hundred and twenty-five of their parents and 230 of their teachers also completed the questionnaire. Results: Students with low educational attainment and poor language showed significantly greater SEBD than a normative sample as reported by themselves, their parents, and their teachers. Significant differences were found across informants, with students identifying more overall difficulties than parents or teachers. Conclusion: Secondary school students with low academic and language performance are more vulnerable to experiencing SEBD compared to typically developing peers. The extent of their difficulties varied depending on the informant, emphasizing the importance of gaining views from multiple perspectives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire