Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 191–207

Speech and language impairment and psychiatric disorder: The relevance of family demographic variables


  • J. H. Beitchman
    • Department of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Toronto
    • Chief, Child and Family StudiesClarke Institute of Psychiatry
  • Michele Peterson
    • Child and Family Studies CentreClarke Institute of Psychiatry
  • Marjorie Clegg
    • Department of PsychiatryRoyal Ottawa Hospital

DOI: 10.1007/BF00709909

Cite this article as:
Beitchman, J.H., Peterson, M. & Clegg, M. Child Psych Hum Dev (1988) 18: 191. doi:10.1007/BF00709909


Children with speech/language disorders are at increased risk for psychiatric problems, but the variables which mediate this relationship are unknown Using a speech/language impaired sample and a normal language control group, this study examined whether certain environmental factors distinguished children with psychiatric problems from those without psychiatric disorder. Though socioeconomic status, marital status and maternal education distinguished disturbed from normal children, none of the variables studied distinguished normal from clinical children within the speech/language impaired group.

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