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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   The Relationship Between Social Skills and Language Acquisition in West Virginia
Author:   Stephanie Angel Childers
College:   Education & Human Services
Degree Program:   Psychology, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Elizabeth Kelley Boyles, Ph.D.
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   11/12/01

The interaction between social skills and language acquisition has been a topic of interest in recent years. Current research has suggested children with social deficits are at increased risk for language problems, and vice versa (Gallegher, 1999). As part of the West Virginia Educare initiative, children ages two and a half to five years were randomly selected and individually evaluated using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Third Edition and the Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs to assess language comprehension and social skills. A Pearson Product Moment correlation on 42 study participants yielded a correlation of -.083 with a significance level of .603 (two-tailed). The hypothesis of a significant positive correlation for the present study was therefore rejected.  

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