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Speech Pathology and Audiology

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Language Abilities Of Male Adolescents In A Juvenile Detention Center, Krista J. Klein Apr 1993

Language Abilities Of Male Adolescents In A Juvenile Detention Center, Krista J. Klein

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This study was designed to analyze the language abilities of male adolescents with delinquent behavior. It was based on the hypothesis that male adolescents with delinquent behavior would have lower language skills during expressive language tasks. Language skills of male adolescents in a juvenile detention center were examined by comparing 12 grammatical variables, four subtest scores, and one total score from the Screening Test for Adolescent Language (STAL; Prather, Ausdal-Breecher, Stafford & Wallace, 1980). Results indicated that the adolescents with delinquent behavior omitted significantly more words, but also produced significantly more secondary verbs in a narration task. Significantly lower results were ...