The relationship between communication disorder impairment and violent behavior

Open Access
Author:
Beyda, Alexandra Sara
Area of Honors:
Crime, Law, and Justice
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Eric Silver, Thesis Supervisor
  • Jeffery Todd Ulmer, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • communication disorder
  • violent behavior
  • gender
  • impairment
  • victimization
Abstract:
This study addressed the large gap in the research on the relationship between communication disorder impairment and violent behavior. Specifically, the aim of this research was to discover whether or not a relationship between perceived level of communication disorder impairment and level of violent behavior exists. To investigate this relationship, 27 communication disorder patients were surveyed about their communication disorder impairment, which is the predictor variable and, their violent behavior, which is the outcome variable. The survey also assessed the participants’ gender, age, frustration and level of victimization, in order to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between communication disorder and violent behavior. The results showed that there is a positive relationship between communication disorder impairment and level of violent behavior. The results also showed that this correlation was stronger for women than men. The final main result of this study was that communication disorder impairment is correlated with victimization. Other notable results of this study were that there is a positive relationship between violence and victimization and an inverse relationship between age and violence in individuals with communication disorders.