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Children, Parent and child, Interpersonal communication, Nonverbal communication


The present study investigates the questions of how children, aged 5 to 12, develop nonverbal communication skills. It was expected that cognitive role-taking ability would be positively related to both nonverbal encoding and decoding skills, after statistically removing the effects of age. The results of the study supported the hypothesized relationships for females only. There were no significant relationships between role-taking ability and nonverbal communication skills for the male sample of subjects