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

Salameh, Eva-Kristina LU ; Nettelbladt, Ulrika LU ; Håkansson, Gisela LU and Gullberg, B (2002) In Acta Pædiatrica 91(2). p.229-234
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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10.1111/j.1651-2227.2002.tb01700.x
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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 &lt; 0.0001) of being referred by a child health centre, and a significantly higher risk (RR= 1.54, p &lt; 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 &lt; 0.0016) and of the children being diagnosed with a severe language impairment (RR = 1.87, p &lt; 0.0009). The risk for bilingual children with severe language impairment being discharged owing to non-attendance was high (RR = 6.20, p &lt; 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.},
  author       = {Salameh, Eva-Kristina and Nettelbladt, Ulrika and Håkansson, Gisela and Gullberg, B},
  issn         = {1651-2227},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {229--234},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd},
  series       = {Acta Pædiatrica},
  title        = {Language impairment in Swedish bilingual children: a comparison between bilingual and monolingual children in Malmö.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2002.tb01700.x},
  volume       = {91},
  year         = {2002},
}