Close relationships in adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment

Ruth Wadman, Kevin Durkin, G. Conti-Ramsden

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Engagement in close friendships and romantic relationships becomes particularly salient in adolescence. This study examined the influence of language, behavioral, and social variables on the level of emotional engagement experienced by adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment (SLI). Ninety adolescents with SLI and 91 adolescents with typical language abilities (TD) completed two assessment sessions between the ages of 16 and 17.
The group with SLI had significantly lower emotional engagement scores than the TD group. Some 24% of adolescents with a history of SLI were judged to have poor emotional engagement in close relationships, compared to only 2% of the TD adolescents. A regression analysis found that language ability, prosocial behavior, and shyness were concurrently predictive of level of emotional engagement in close relationships. Some adolescents with SLI may be less emotionally engaged in their close relationships than their TD peers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-51
Number of pages11
JournalLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

Fingerprint

Language
adolescent
history
language
Aptitude
Shyness
Specific Language Impairment
History
ability
friendship
adolescence
regression analysis
Emotion
Group
Regression Analysis

Keywords

  • specific language impairment
  • adolescents
  • social skills

Cite this

@article{9311bbc913ca4ed398f8f608ade1acfb,
title = "Close relationships in adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment",
abstract = "Engagement in close friendships and romantic relationships becomes particularly salient in adolescence. This study examined the influence of language, behavioral, and social variables on the level of emotional engagement experienced by adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment (SLI). Ninety adolescents with SLI and 91 adolescents with typical language abilities (TD) completed two assessment sessions between the ages of 16 and 17. The group with SLI had significantly lower emotional engagement scores than the TD group. Some 24{\%} of adolescents with a history of SLI were judged to have poor emotional engagement in close relationships, compared to only 2{\%} of the TD adolescents. A regression analysis found that language ability, prosocial behavior, and shyness were concurrently predictive of level of emotional engagement in close relationships. Some adolescents with SLI may be less emotionally engaged in their close relationships than their TD peers.",
keywords = "specific language impairment, adolescents, social skills",
author = "Ruth Wadman and Kevin Durkin and G. Conti-Ramsden",
year = "2011",
month = "1",
doi = "10.1044/0161-1461(2010/10-0003)",
language = "English",
volume = "42",
pages = "41--51",
journal = "Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools",
issn = "0161-1461",

}

Close relationships in adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment. / Wadman, Ruth; Durkin, Kevin; Conti-Ramsden, G.

In: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools , Vol. 42, 01.2011, p. 41-51.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Close relationships in adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment

AU - Wadman, Ruth

AU - Durkin, Kevin

AU - Conti-Ramsden, G.

PY - 2011/1

Y1 - 2011/1

N2 - Engagement in close friendships and romantic relationships becomes particularly salient in adolescence. This study examined the influence of language, behavioral, and social variables on the level of emotional engagement experienced by adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment (SLI). Ninety adolescents with SLI and 91 adolescents with typical language abilities (TD) completed two assessment sessions between the ages of 16 and 17. The group with SLI had significantly lower emotional engagement scores than the TD group. Some 24% of adolescents with a history of SLI were judged to have poor emotional engagement in close relationships, compared to only 2% of the TD adolescents. A regression analysis found that language ability, prosocial behavior, and shyness were concurrently predictive of level of emotional engagement in close relationships. Some adolescents with SLI may be less emotionally engaged in their close relationships than their TD peers.

AB - Engagement in close friendships and romantic relationships becomes particularly salient in adolescence. This study examined the influence of language, behavioral, and social variables on the level of emotional engagement experienced by adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment (SLI). Ninety adolescents with SLI and 91 adolescents with typical language abilities (TD) completed two assessment sessions between the ages of 16 and 17. The group with SLI had significantly lower emotional engagement scores than the TD group. Some 24% of adolescents with a history of SLI were judged to have poor emotional engagement in close relationships, compared to only 2% of the TD adolescents. A regression analysis found that language ability, prosocial behavior, and shyness were concurrently predictive of level of emotional engagement in close relationships. Some adolescents with SLI may be less emotionally engaged in their close relationships than their TD peers.

KW - specific language impairment

KW - adolescents

KW - social skills

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=78651486426&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1044/0161-1461(2010/10-0003)

DO - 10.1044/0161-1461(2010/10-0003)

M3 - Article

VL - 42

SP - 41

EP - 51

JO - Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools

JF - Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools

SN - 0161-1461

ER -