Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 195–206 | Cite as

Developmental, social and behavioral characteristics of speech and language disordered children

  • Lorian Baker
  • Dennis P. Cantwell


This paper reports on an epidemiological study of psychiatric disorder in children with speech and language disorders. Earlier preliminary analyses of data on the children presenting to a speech clinic suggested that these children are at risk for the development of psychiatric disorder. Data on a larger number of children is analyzed in the present paper, and particular attention is given to the developmental, demographic and linguistic factors which may play a role in the etiology of psychiatric disorder or communication disorder. The data confirms that communication disordered children are at risk for the development of psychiatric disorder, and indicates that adverse environmental conditions do not seem to be responsible for this risk. A subgroup of children who are at greatest risk is identified and described.


Epidemiological Study Psychiatric Disorder Social Psychology Great Risk Preliminary Analysis 
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© Human Sciences Press 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorian Baker
    • 1
  • Dennis P. Cantwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuropsychiatric InstituteUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos Angeles

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