How dyslexic teenagers cope: an investigation of self-esteem, coping and depression.

TitleHow dyslexic teenagers cope: an investigation of self-esteem, coping and depression.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAlexander-Passe, N
Date Published2006 Nov
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Affect, Depression, Dyslexia, Escape Reaction, Female, Humans, Male, Self Concept, Surveys and Questionnaires

Research into how dyslexics cope and the effects of their coping has received little attention in the 100 years since dyslexia has been recognized. Why is this? Well it is not an easy area to investigate, partly as most qualitative studies have looked only at coping strategies of specific dyslexics. These are individual and are unsuitable for generalizations to larger populations. This study takes a different approach to the problem. By using three standardized tests for self-esteem, coping and depression, a picture is painted of how teenage dyslexics cope and whether this affects their self-esteem and depression. Results strongly suggest gender differences, with females using more emotional and avoidance-based coping, resulting in lower percentile scores in general and academic self-esteem and moderate depression. Males tend to use more task-based coping resulting in normal percentile self-esteem levels and minimal depression. This study takes the view that coping and the effects of coping by dyslexic children at school should not be underestimated. It also suggests that such issues will aid educationalists in the remedial process.

Alternate JournalDyslexia
PubMed ID17152342