Studies over the past several years have shown that children with language impairment (LI) have greater difficulty in social situations than typically developing children. More specifically, studies have shown that children with LI have more difficulty with dissemblance. This study was conducted to assess whether these children are less likely to dissemble in real-life situations. Forty-four children aged 7 to 11 years (22 LI and 22 typically developing) were presented with four situations designed to elicit dissemblance. Their reactions were scored and compared. The results of this study showed subtle differences between children with LI and typically developing children. Children with LI were more likely to display emotions, and the typically developing children were more likely to have non-committal and dissembled responses. These tasks were pilots, and further research is suggested.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Quist, Noel, "Performance on Natural Dissemblance Tasks in 7-11 Year-Old, Language-Impaired and Typically Developing Children" (2008). All Theses and Dissertations. 1426.
children, dissemblance, LI, language impairment, emotion