Oral Language Skills of Female Juvenile Delinquents The language performances of female delinquents and nondelinquents were compared on composite scores from a standardized test (the Test of Language Competence-Expanded) and an informal language sample analysis procedure (a modified version of the Clinical Discourse Analysis). Participants included 28 Caucasian, institutionalized, adolescent, female delinquents with no previous identification of ... Research Article
Research Article  |   February 01, 1997
Oral Language Skills of Female Juvenile Delinquents
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Dixie D. Sanger
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Karen Hux
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Don Belau
    Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, Geneva, NE
  • Contact author: Dixie D. Sanger, PhD, 318 Barkley Memorial Center, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68523-0738.
    Contact author: Dixie D. Sanger, PhD, 318 Barkley Memorial Center, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68523-0738.×
  • Corresponding author: Email: dsanger@unlinfo.unl.edu
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   February 01, 1997
Oral Language Skills of Female Juvenile Delinquents
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1997, Vol. 6, 70-76. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0601.70
History: Received August 14, 1995 , Accepted July 24, 1996
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1997, Vol. 6, 70-76. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0601.70
History: Received August 14, 1995; Accepted July 24, 1996

The language performances of female delinquents and nondelinquents were compared on composite scores from a standardized test (the Test of Language Competence-Expanded) and an informal language sample analysis procedure (a modified version of the Clinical Discourse Analysis). Participants included 28 Caucasian, institutionalized, adolescent, female delinquents with no previous identification of learning or language difficulties and 28 nondelinquent females of similar age. Delinquent participants scored significantly lower than nondelinquents on the standardized measure and on the percentage of utterances in the language samples that had syntactic and morphological errors. However, significant group differences did not emerge on pragmatically based aspects of the language sample analysis. Based on results of the standardized testing, 4 (14.29%) delinquent participants and no nondelinquent participants were potential candidates for language intervention services.

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