Bullying risks of 11-year-old children with specific language impairment (SLI): Does school placement matter?

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    Abstract

    In addressing an issue rarely explored in research literature, the prevalence and severity of the risk of being bullied at school was measured in 100 children with specific language impairment (SLI). Participants attended a range of different educational placement types and these were compared for bullying risk. Furthermore, the risk encountered by children with SLI was compared with that of normally developing age-matched peers. Each participant completed a questionnaire and it was found that 36% of participants with SLI considered themselves at risk of being bullied in school compared with only 12% of the normally developing cohort. No statistically significant difference was found between the risk experienced by participants with SLI attending mainstream education and that by participants attending special education placements. Possible explanations for the results are offered and the relevance of the findings in the context of optimizing the educational experience of children with SLI is highlighted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
    Volume38
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

    Keywords

    • Bullying risks
    • School placements
    • Specific language impairment (SLI)

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