Consideration of alternative accounts of gender-linked speech patterns in individuals with mental retardation

Krista M. Wilkinson, Nora A. Murphy, Roger Bakeman

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Abstract

Several preliminary reports have reported the existence of gender influences on the communication patterns of individuals with mental retardation. This study considers two alternative hypotheses to the conclusion that the reported effects were attributable to gender. Two studies extend a previous analysis by further exploration of the original transcripts (Study 1) and addition of participants (Study 2). In Study 1, the possibility of influences from adult partners is analyzed. In Study 2, the association of syntactic development and gender-linked effects is examined. Both alternatives are rejected on the basis of these extended analyse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-268
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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