Relation between receptive language and cognitive maturity in persons with mental retardation

Leonard J Abbeduto, J. Bibler Nuccio

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Abstract

We examined the correlations between receptive language level and performance on indices of nonverbal cognitive functioning for 20 persons with mental retardation and for 20 children without mental retardation matched to them on nonverbal MA. The correlations suggested that the retarded group focused on the formal, sequential properties of language. The correlations also suggested that the nondisabled group placed less emphasis on the formal, sequential properties of language and more on semantic, conceptual properties. These differences in approach may explain why the persons with mental retardation did poorly on the task of understanding spoken language compared to the children without mental retardation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume96
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Health Professions(all)

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