Study finds language skills are key to good mental health

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Study finds language skills are key to good mental health

High language ability translates into better self esteem in young people, but the opposite is also true

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Loyisa* started stammering at the age of two. By the time he was seven, everyone in his village in the Eastern Cape referred to him as lantwana ilithintitha (the boy who stutters).

His mother still laughs about an incident when he was so frustrated with other children during playtime that words would simply not come out of his mouth.

“The more frustrated he was the more he would stutter. In fact he is still like that today. This one day he had come to report a fight that other boys had during playtime, but all I could hear was these prolonged sounds ss!ss!ss!ss!..

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