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Dyslexia. 2016 Aug;22(3):263-6. doi: 10.1002/dys.1531.

Why Are Reading Difficulties Associated with Mental Health Problems?

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1
School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
2
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.
3
The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Abstract

A growing literature indicates that children with reading difficulties are at elevated risk for mental health problems; however, little attention has been given to why this might be the case. Associations between reading difficulties and mental health differ substantially across studies, raising the possibility that these relationships may be ameliorated or exacerbated by risk or resilience-promoting factors. Using socio-ecological theory as a conceptual framework, we outline four potential lines of research that could shed light on why children with reading difficulties are at risk of mental health problems and identify potential targets for intervention.

KEYWORDS:

Externalizing Problems; Internalizing Problems; Mental Health; Reading Difficulties

PMID:
27465209
DOI:
10.1002/dys.1531
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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