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Stable associations between behavioral problems and language impairments across childhood - the importance of pragmatic language problems
Stord Hospital, Norway; University of Bergen, Norway.
University of Bergen, Norway.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5025-9975
Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.
2014 (English)In: Research in Developmental Disabilities, ISSN 0891-4222, E-ISSN 1873-3379, Vol. 35, no 5, 943-951 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated language function associated with behavior problems, focusing on pragmatics. Scores on the Children’s Communication Checklist Second Edition (CCC-2) in a group of 40 adolescents (12–15 years) identified with externalizing behavior problems (BP) in childhood was compared to the CCC-2 scores in a typically developing comparison group (n=37). Behavioral, emotional and language problems were assessed by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and 4 language items, when the children in the BP group were 7–9 years (T1). They were then assessed with the SDQ and the CCC-2 when they were 12–15 years (T2). The BP group obtained poorer scores on 9/10 subscales on the CCC-2, and 70% showed language impairments in the clinical range. Language, emotional and peer problems at T1 were strongly correlated with pragmatic language impairments in adolescence. The findings indicate that assessment of language, especially pragmatics, is vital for follow-up and treatment of behavioral problems in children and adolescents.

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 35, no 5, 943-951 p.
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Behavioral problems, Language impairments, Pragmatic language deficits, CCC-2, Adolescents
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110568DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.02.016ISI: 000334478800002PubMedID: 24642228OAI: diva2:746642
Available from: 2014-09-14 Created: 2014-09-14 Last updated: 2014-11-13Bibliographically approved

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