Document Type

Tip Sheet

Publisher

University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies

Publication Date

2014

Abstract/ Summary

When children swear, it is important to understand the hidden meaning behind those troubling words. As with any behavior, it is important to learn as much as you can about a child and what may be causing this swearing behavior. Young children usually do not know what the swear words mean, so what is the swearing behavior communicating? Is a child saying..."I am angry!" "This word makes people pay attention!" "I want to be like my favorite TV character!" "I need a friend!" or " I feel sick or hurt."

Citation/Publisher Attribution

University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. (2011-2014). Growing ideas: Shocking language! - Swearing. Orono, ME.

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