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Social-conversational skills of children from 12 to 36 months

Barbara Penko (2013) Social-conversational skills of children from 12 to 36 months. MSc thesis.

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    Social-conversational skills are a part of complex communication interactions. They put communication into social context and they include verbal and non-verbal actions (gestures, movements and vocalization) (Bonifacio, Girolametto, 2007; Capirci et al. 1996; Iverson et al. 1994). In this study we analysed the development of social-conversational skills of children aged from 12 to 36 months. The sample included 114 children from different regions of Slovenia. Their parents filled in three questionnaires. The first one included basic information, the second one was The Social Conversational Skills Rating Scale – the Slovene version, and the third one was about the early communication of their children. The results showed that in the period from 12 to 36 months, the development of a child's social-conversational skills (assertiveness and responsiveness) is very intensive. There were no significant differences between girls and boys. The results showed a positive effect of the mother's educational level on the development of a child's assertiveness and responsiveness, while the father's educational level had no significant effect on the development of a child's social-conversational skills. The results also showed that late talkers had significantly lower ratings for both assertiveness and responsiveness in comparison with their average peers. The questionnaire The Social Conversational Skills Rating Scale, which in the case of our sample proved as a reliable and a valid measuring instrument, represents an important contribution to the practice of Slovene speech and language therapists.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: pragmatics, social-conversational skills, language development
    Number of Pages: 67
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Martina OzbičMentor
    doc. dr. Stanislav KoširComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9703497)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1649
    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 13:37
    Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 13:37
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1649

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