ERIC Number: ED066855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Speech Articulation Disorders Among Military Dependent Children.
Gordon, Don E.
Reported was a study involving 20,000 (army) military dependent children (MDC) attending 75 schools in seven school systems throughout the continental United States during 1971. Testing of 412 randomly selected MDC using the Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation revealed a significant correlation and associative factor between MDC speech articulation disorders and the number of combat tours of duty spent by the soldier-father in Vietnam. No significant correlations were reported between comparisons of speech articulation disorders to geographical separation of the soldier father from his family unit, number of houses in which the child lived, military grade or rank of the father, father's age, familial placement of the child, or the father's military occupational specialty. The types of speech articulation disorders recorded among tested MDC approximated those reported in the literature for the general school age population. The incidence rate among MDC was higher than the norm in grades 1 through 4, but lower than the norm in grades 5 and 6. In two of the three schools in which MDC attended with civilian dependent children (CDC), the speech articulation disorder incidence rate among MDC was about three times greater than that for CDC in grades 2 through 4, but lower in grades 5 and 6. (Author)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Fitchburg State Coll., MA.