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ERIC Number: EJ911605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Assessing the Link between Executive Functions and Aggressive Behaviours of Children Who Are Deaf: Impact of Early Special Education
Sipal, Rafet Firat; Bayhan, Pinar
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v8 n3 p991-1014 2010
Introduction: Relation between constructing complex mental structures and language skills cause delays in development of executive functions of deaf children. When the importance of language skills in development of executive functions and frequency of aggressive behaviours of deaf children are considered, investigation of executive functions of deaf children may explain their aggressive behaviours. Method: 82 children of 10-14 ages were analyzed within 2 groups; students with and without early special education background. For measuring aggressive behaviours Buss-Durke Hostility Inventory (BDHI) and for measuring executive functions Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) were used. Results: Preschool special education has no significant effect on aggressive behaviours but on executive functions. Aggression has no significant effect of any variables analyzed in the present study whereas early special education background and gender has significant effects on the development of executive functions. Discussion and Conclusions: From a theoretical perspective, the findings support the interdependence of language and executive functions. Therefore, one can say that early special education has positive effects on cognitive development of deaf children, however, lacks of supporting social development during adolescence. (Contains 6 tables.)
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wisconsin Card Sorting Test