Cultural analysis of communication behaviors among juveniles in a correctional facility

Dixie D. Sanger, John W. Creswell, Jaime Dworak, Lisa Schultz

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This study addressed communication behaviors of female juvenile delinquents in a correctional facility. Qualitative methodology was used to study 78 participants ranging in age from 13.1 to 18.9 (years; months), over a five-month period. Data collection consisted of observations, participant observation, interviews, and a review of documents. Additionally, participants were tested on the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals - 3. Listening and following rules, utterance types, topics of conversion, politeness, and conversational management emerged as themes. Findings indicated that as many as 22% of participants were potential candidates for language services. Implications for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) providing communication services will be provided. (C) 2000 by Elsevier Science Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-57
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Communication Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Interpersonal communications
  • Juvenile delinquents
  • Pragmatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing


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