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Silent at school--elective mutism and abuse.
  1. R MacGregor,
  2. A Pullar,
  3. D Cundall
  1. Community Child Health Services, St Mary's Hospital, Leeds.


    A retrospective case-control study of electively mute children from one city is reported. Eight of 18 children selectively mute in school had suffered definite or probable abuse compared with only one control with a speech or language problem, and no classroom controls. The implications for management are discussed.

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