Posted by: Indonesian Children | July 29, 2009

The link between language and behaviour


  • Language skills of children with EBD: a literature review, by Gregory J Benner, J Ron Nelson, Michael H Epstein, Journal of Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, 2002.
  • Approximately three quarters of children with identified emotional and behavioural difficulties have significant language deficits.
  • Approximately half of those with language disorders have identifiable emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • The prevalence of language deficits in children who exhibit anti-social behaviours is ten times higher than in the general population.
  • Rates vary according to the placement of the children, the stringency of the criteria for language disorder and the number of language measures used.
  • Pure language deficits, especially those associated with comprehension difficulties, are at greatest risk.
  • Thus EBD children with unsuspected receptive disorders were rated the most delinquent, the most depressed (by parents) and aggressive (by teachers) and had more severe challenging behaviour.
  • Children with expressive language disorders were rated as more socially withdrawn and anxious.
  • The strength of the association between language difficulties and antisocial behaviour increases with age.
  • Difficulties in initiating and maintaining interpersonal relationships is a key mediating variable between language disorders and antisocial behaviours.
  • “Language disorders appear to have a devastating effect on interpersonal relationships (ie peer, family, companion) throughout the lifespan.” (Benner, 2002)

(Summary by the Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research, 2006)


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