Knowing me, knowing you: Mentalization abilities of children who use augmentative and alternative communication
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Alternative title
Knowing me, knowing you : Mentaliseringsförmågor hos barn som använder sig av alternativ och kompletterande kommunikation (Swedish)
The present thesis investigated several components important to the understanding of mentalization for children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The result of the thesis demonstrated that non-verbal mental age correlated significantly with mentalization tasks, and that the participants did not significantly differ compared to a nonverbal age-matched group of children without disabilities. Different expression of active participation, which is necessary to be able to display mentalization in dialogue, was observed in analysed interaction. The children’s social networks were limited and consisted of very few peers, thus limiting the possibilities of active participation. The number of peers in the children’s social networks correlated significantly with aspects of the children’s mentalization ability. Children who use AAC display their mentalization abilities independently in social interaction and through e-mail messages to peers. A wider construct that will have relevance to mentalization in ordinary situations is described encompassing several different abilities. The development of these abilities is dependent on the child’s capacity for adapting a cognitive flexibility when reflecting and theorizing on what is happening in a given situation. The development of mentalization is also dependent on a child’s close friendships, active participation in interaction, functional language ability, and varied social networks consisting of both peers and adults.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2010. , 58 + papers 1-4 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 520Studies from the Swedish Institute for Disability Research, ISSN 1650-1128 ; 35
Mentalization, active participation, social networks, children who use augmentative and alternative communication
Mentaliseringsfömåga, sociala nätverk, aktivt deltagande, barn som använder sig av alternativ och kompletterande kommunikation
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61120ISBN: 978-91-7393-316-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-61120DiVA: diva2:360535
2010-10-15, Key 1, Hus Key, Campus Valla, Linköping University, Linköping, 13:30
Balandin, Susan, Professor
Rönnberg, Jerker, ProfessorPlejert, Charlotta, Dr.
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