, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 191-207

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

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Abstract

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.

Acknowledgment: This study was made possible through the support of the Department of Health and Welfare Canada, Grant Number 6606-1937-43.