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J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1996 Nov;37(8):961-70.

Seven-year follow-up of speech/language impaired and control children: psychiatric outcome.

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Child and Family Studies, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, Canada.


This study examined the 7-year psychiatric outcome of 202 speech/language (S/L) impaired and control children selected from a community sample at age 5 years. Children with S/L at age 5 years were more likely to be psychiatric cases at age 12.5 years than were normal controls, even if their S/L improved. Controlling for concurrent psychiatric disorder, S/L impairment at age 5 years was still associated with an increased rate of psychiatric disorder at 12.5 years. Psychiatric disorder at age 12.5 years was more likely to co-occur with language disorder than with speech disorder.

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