The effect of the economic crisis on the functioning of families with language-disordered children

  • Maria Vlassopoulos 1st Department of Psychiatry University of Athens School of Medicine
Keywords: specific developmental disorders, psychosocial outcomes, family, economic crisis


Economic crises worldwide impact mental health. Job insecurity and consequent distress and uncertainty, affect the family and its functioning. The studys purpose is to compare the psychosocial outcomes for the families of children with specific developmental disorders (SDD) during two time periods: a) before the commencement of the economic crisis in Greece (N=22), b) during the economic crisis (N=25). Data consists of childs diagnosis, parents age, educational level and professions, and the familys psychosocial diagnoses (ICD-10, 1991). Results show that Group B has significantly more problems related to the childs upbringing (p=0.0163): insufficient parental control and supervision, hostile behaviour towards the child, emotional neglect and difficulties in sustaining boundaries. In conclusion the emotional and practical difficulties elicited by the economic crisis appear to have a direct impact on families of SDD preschoolers. The findings highlight the need for focused interventions through community services to deal with this issue.

Author Biography

Maria Vlassopoulos, 1st Department of Psychiatry University of Athens School of Medicine
Maria Vlassopoulos, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Language and Communication Pathology at the 1st Psychiatric Department of the University of Athens School of Medicine. She is the founder and coordinator of the Early Intevention Unit at the Community Mental Health Centre of Byron-Kessariani since 1984.


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