Language ability predicts the development of behavior problems in children.

  title={Language ability predicts the development of behavior problems in children.},
  author={Isaac T Petersen and J Edward Bates and Brian M D'Onofrio and Claire A Coyne and Jennifer E. Lansford and Kenneth A. Dodge and Gregory S. Pettit and Carol van Hulle},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={122 2},
Prior studies have suggested, but not fully established, that language ability is important for regulating attention and behavior. Language ability may have implications for understanding attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorders, as well as subclinical problems. This article reports findings from two longitudinal studies to test (a) whether language ability has an independent effect on behavior problems, and (b) the direction of effect between language ability and… CONTINUE READING
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