Social cognition in adolescents with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD): Evidence from the Social Attribution Task

Claire L Forrest, Vanessa Lloyd-Esenkaya, Jenny L Gibson, Michelle St Clair

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Abstract

Social cognition impairments may explain social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) in individuals with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). In a novel approach, the Social Attribution Task (SAT) was used to examine this association. SAT narratives were coded from 53 participants [n = 26 DLD; n = 27 typical language development (TLD)] matched on age (M age = 13;6) and gender (35.9% female). Parents reported SEBD. Adolescents with DLD performed worse than their TLD peers on the majority of SAT indices and had higher peer (d = 1.09) and emotional problems (d =.75). There was no association between social cognition abilities and SEBD. These exploratory findings suggest social cognition should be further examined in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4243–4257
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume53
Early online date15 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2023

Bibliographical note

No funders were acknowledged

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Developmental language disorder
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Social cognition
  • Theory of mind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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