Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 191-207

First online:

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

  • J. H. BeitchmanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, University of TorontoChief, Child and Family Studies, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry
  • , Michele PetersonAffiliated withChild and Family Studies Centre, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry
  • , Marjorie CleggAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Royal Ottawa Hospital

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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.