Proverb Comprehension in Context A Developmental Study with Children and Adolescents Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1988
Proverb Comprehension in Context
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Marilyn A. Nippold
    University of Oregon
  • Stephanie A. Martin
    University of Oregon
  • Barbara J. Erskine
    University of Oregon
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1988
Proverb Comprehension in Context
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1988, Vol. 31, 19-28. doi:10.1044/jshr.3101.19
History: Received November 14, 1986 , Accepted April 13, 1987
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1988, Vol. 31, 19-28. doi:10.1044/jshr.3101.19
History: Received November 14, 1986; Accepted April 13, 1987

Although previous studies have reported that proverb comprehension remains quite literal before adolescence, the results of the present study indicated that fourth graders performed well on a proverb comprehension task involving contextual information and a written multiple choice format. It was also found that performance on the proverb task steadily improved at least through the eighth grade and was significantly correlated to performance on a perceptual analogical reasoning task. The study contributes to the small but growing body of information concerning language development during the preadolescent and adolescent years and may have some important implications for the assessment of youngsters of this age range who have comprehension deficits that are troublesome, yet difficult to document.

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