[Analysis of Conversational Skills between Mentally Retarded Adults]
An analysis of the communicative performances of twenty mentally retarded adults engaged in discourse with their peers was conducted Various linguistic measures were recorded including formal aspects of language, turn-taking, topic selection and role relationships along dimensions of dominance-submission. Results indicated that the retarded adults, despite of severe formal limitations, were capable of developing true conversations by the use of turn-taking, the introduction of new topics and the expression of control. The types and the frequencies of strategies expressed differed across subjects. These findings are discussed in terms of their clinical implications.
How to Cite:
Lambert, J.-L. and Lambert-Boite, F., 1983. Analyse de Conversations Entre des Adultes Handicapés Mentaux. Psychologica Belgica, 23(2), pp.117–124. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.705