Masters Thesis

Socioeconomic status and communicative disorders: an investigation of their relationship in Fresno County, California.

This investigation was designed to examine potential relationships between communicative disorders and socioeco- nomic status. Widely-held assumptions associate upper- or upper-middle socioeconomic status with stuttering, middle socioeconomic status with misarticulation, and lower socio- economic status with language disorders. A contrary view suggests that no significant relationship exists between a particular communicative disorder and a particular socio- economic status. Socioeconomic status may not be a reliable factor In predicting the likelihood of a specific communi- cative disorder.