Journal article

BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN SPECIFIC READING RETARDED AND GENERAL READING BACKWARD CHILDREN - A LONGITUDINAL-STUDY

AF JORM, DL SHARE, R MATTHEWS, R MACLEAN

JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY AND ALLIED DISCIPLINES | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 1986

Abstract

A sample of 453 Australian children was followed over the first three years of schooling. Behaviour problems were assessed at the beginning of the first year at school and at the end of the second and third years. At the end of the third year the children were classified as specific reading retarded, general reading backward or normal. At school entry backward readers were found to have behaviour problems, principally relating to attentional deficit. It was concluded that this factor may play a causative role in their reading difficulty. Retarded readers, on the other hand, showed no evidence of behaviour problems.