Behaviour problems in children with dyslexia

Heiervang, Einar, Lund, Anders, Stevenson, Jim and Hugdahl, Kenneth (2001) Behaviour problems in children with dyslexia Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 55, (4), pp. 251-256. (doi:10.1080/080394801681019101).


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The association between behaviour problems and dyslexia was assessed in a population sample of 10- to 12-year-old children. Twenty-five dyslexic children and a matched control group were recruited through a screening in primary schools in the city of Bergen, Norway. For the assessment of behaviour problems the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), Teacher Self Report (TRF), and Youth Self Report (YSR) were filled out by parents, teachers, and children, respectively. Information on health and developmental factors were obtained from parents on a separate questionnaire designed for the study. The dyslexic group had significantly more behaviour problems than the control group according to both the CBCL and the TRF. On the YSR there was no significant difference between the groups. Dyslexic children had higher CBCL and TRF scores on the Total Behaviour Problem scale, the Internalizing and Externalizing subdomains, and the Attention problem subscale. The groups differed in social background, prenatal risk factors, birth weight, preschool language problems, and IQ, but these variables showed no relationship to the level of behaviour problems in the present sample. We conclude that pre-adolescent dyslexic children show a wide range of behaviour problems that cannot be attributed to social or developmental background variables.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/080394801681019101
ISSNs: 0803-9488 (print)
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Keywords: behaviour problems, child behaviour, checklist, children, dyslexia, teacher self report, youth self report

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Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 23:11
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