Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 25–32 | Cite as

A practical method for screening psychiatric disorder in children with speech and language disorders

  • Richard E. Mattison
  • Dennis P. Cantwell
  • Lorian Baker


Children with speech and language disorders have been found to have a prevalence rate of psychiatric disorder of 50%. The authors sought to develop an efficient screening procedure to distinguish such children who have psychiatric disorder and those who do not. Cutoff scores for easily administered parent and teacher behavior rating questionnaires were investigated in a population of 256 children with speech and language disorders and known presence or absence of psychiatric disorder. It was learned that when the questionnaires are used together, a cutoff score of 31 or greater on either questionnaire has a positive predictive value of 74.1 % and a negative predictive value of 76.1%. This screening method shows promise in assisting speech pathologists in comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning for children with speech and language disorders.


Psychiatric Disorder Prevalence Rate Treatment Planning Cutoff Score Screening Method 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Mattison
    • 1
  • Dennis P. Cantwell
    • 1
  • Lorian Baker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesUSA

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