Language impairment in Swedish bilingual children: a comparison between bilingual and monolingual children in Malmö.

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Abstract

In this study two groups of children were compared, 192 bilingual and 246 monolingual, referred over a 12-mo period to University Hospital in Malmö for suspected language impairment. Compared with monolingual children, bilingual children ran a significantly lower risk (RR = 0.76, p < 0.0001) of being referred by a child health centre, and a significantly higher risk (RR= 1.54, p < 0.0103) of being referred after 5 y of age. In the bilingual group there was also a significantly higher risk of parental refusal of assessment (RR = 2.35, p < 0.0016) and of the children being diagnosed with a severe language impairment (RR = 1.87, p < 0.0009). The risk for bilingual children with severe language impairment being discharged owing to non-attendance was high (RR = 6.20, p < 0.0002) compared to monolingual children. The risk increased with severity of language impairment. CONCLUSION: Bilingual children displayed a higher risk of a diagnosis of severe language impairment and of being discharged for non-attendance. The problem of low compliance among bilingual parents, despite strong indications of parental distress, must be addressed.

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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Pediatrik
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)229-234
TidskriftActa Pædiatrica
Volym91
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2002
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa