Behavioral correlates of developmental expressive language disorder
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The association of behavior problems with preschool language disorders has been documented extensively. However, researchers have typically failed to differentiate subgroups of language-impaired children, to use observational data in documenting the behavior disorders, or to study children at the youngest ages. Using a multimodal assessment, this study examined parent-child interaction and behavior problems in a clearly defined subgroup of language-impaired children, those with developmental expressive language disorder (ELD). These children exhibit a delay in expressive language compared with receptive language and nonverbal cognitive skills. Subjects were identified and studied at the youngest age at which the disorder can be assessed. A group of ELD children, averaging 27 months of age, was contrasted with a group of normally developing children, matched for age, sex, and receptive language ability. Groups were compared on observed parent-child interactions as well as maternal responses on the Parenting Stress Index, the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory, and a behavior-related structured interview. ELD children, when compared with normally developing children, exhibited higher levels of negative behavior and were perceived as different by their parents.
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- Behavioral correlates of developmental expressive language disorder
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- 1. Department of Psychology, SUNY at Stony Brook, 11794-2500, Stony Brook, New York
- 2. Department of Pediatrics, SUNY at Stony Brook, 11794-8111, Stony Brook, New York
- 3. Department of Child Development and Family, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 27412, Greensboro, North Carolina