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
  • Michele Peterson
  • Marjorie Clegg

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Beitchman
    • 1
    • 4
  • Michele Peterson
    • 2
  • Marjorie Clegg
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TorontoToronto
  2. 2.Child and Family Studies CentreClarke Institute of PsychiatryTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryRoyal Ottawa HospitalOttawaCanada
  4. 4.Chief, Child and Family StudiesClarke Institute of PsychiatryToronto