Literacy difficulties and psychiatric disorders: evidence for comorbidity
UNSPECIFIED. (2005) Literacy difficulties and psychiatric disorders: evidence for comorbidity. JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY, 46 (5). pp. 524-532. ISSN 0021-9630Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2004.00366.x
Background: Literacy difficulties show high levels of comorbidity with both disruptive and emotional disorders, but questions remain over the nature and specificity of these links. Method: Relationships between specific literacy difficulties and psychiatric disorder were investigated in a large-scale national sample of children aged 9 to 15 years. Results: Specific literacy difficulties were more common in children from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and were significantly associated with increased risks of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (especially inattentive symptomatology), Conduct Disorder and anxiety disorders in both girls and boys, and with self-reports of depressed mood in boys. Associations between literacy difficulties and diagnoses of both Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) were mediated by inattentiveness, as were links with low mood. Links between specific literacy difficulties and anxiety were of a different nature, suggestive of a direct impact of literacy problems on risk for anxiety disorders. Conclusions: Literacy difficulties are significantly associated with externalising disorders via inattention, but may constitute a more immediate risk factor for naturally anxious children to develop clinically significant levels of anxiety.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBL LTD|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 524-532|
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