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Pragmatic language skills of adolescents with ADHD


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

The nature and prevalence of pragmatic language deficits were investigated in conversations of 137 adolescents with their mothers. Adolescents diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or ADHD comorbid with ODD or CD demonstrated more problems with pragmatic language than the comparison group of normally developing adolescents (NC). Deficits and impairment were measured using summary scores on both scales of the Profile of Pragmatic Impairment in Communication. Adolescents were observed in video-taped conversations in two situations: neutral, planning a hypothetical family vacation, and conflict, solving behavior problems identified by their mothers. The computed Mean Length of Utterance was used to measure the youths' level of talkativeness. Results confirmed that ADHD youth talked more than NC youth. Differences were found between ADHD and ADHD-ODD adolescents' behavior in the conflict situation. Results also illustrated the need for the assessment of pragmatic language skills in children and youth diagnosed with ADHD.

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Subject
Behaviorial sciences;
Speech therapy;
Developmental psychology;
Psychotherapy
Classification
0384: Behaviorial sciences
0460: Speech therapy
0620: Developmental psychology
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Psychology; ADHD; Adolescents; Pragmatic language skills
Title
Pragmatic language skills of adolescents with ADHD
Author
von Briesen, Peggy Duggan
Number of pages
175
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0116
Source
DAI-B 68/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549005520
Advisor
Bardwell, Rebecca
University/institution
Marquette University
University location
United States -- Wisconsin
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3263821
ProQuest document ID
304852193
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304852193
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