Past research has indicated that children with language impairment (LI) struggle more than children with typical language in their social interactions (Fujiki, Brinton, & Todd, 1999). The purpose of this study was to determine if the social strategies and goals of children with LI varied from those of children with typically developing language. A social goals questionnaire was used to determine the strategies the children verbally indicated that they would use. The children were then asked why they would use the selected strategy. The responses were then separated into goal categories. A chi-square analysis indicated that children with LI varied significantly from children with typical language in their selection of the strategies of adult-seeking, passive, and hostile-controlling strategies. A descriptive analysis of the social goals showed the goals to be less relationship-oriented and less congruent with the selected strategy than typically developing peers.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Gardner, Veronica, "The Social Strategies and Goals of Children with Language Impairment and Typically Developing Children" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 2002.
social goals, language impairment, goals, strategies