The language functioning of youth at entry to residential treatment

Alexandra L. Trout, Jacqueline Huscroft-D'Angelo, Catherine Desalvo, Robert Gehringer

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Although much is known about the behavioral and educational characteristics of youth at entry to residential care, little is known about youth language performance. Given the impact of language deficits on outcomes, this study assessed the specific language skills of 70 adolescents at entry to a residential treatment setting. Results revealed elevated levels of risk across Core Language and comprehensive language indexes. Areas of greatest concern were with receptive language skills with just over 75% of the sample indicating some level of impairment. Implications for treatment and practice, study limitations, and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-282
Number of pages14
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011


  • adolescents
  • language
  • out-of-home
  • residential care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Law


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