Loneliness, Peer Relations, and Language Disorder in Childhood
Children with language disorders have higher than average rates of peer relationship problems, suggesting that they are also at risk for loneliness. A review of research on loneliness as an emotional consequence of peer relationship difficulties in childhood is preceded by a discussion of the particular relevance of this literature for children with language difficulties. Evidence from research on loneliness indicates that peer acceptance, participation in friendship, friendship quality, and victimization by peers each contribute to children's feelings of loneliness at school. Suggestions are made concerning intervention efforts to reduce loneliness for children with language problems.