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How Dyslexic Teenagers Cope:  An Investigation of Self-Esteem,  Coping and Depression

Dyslexia: An International Journal of Research & Practice

Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 256–275, November 2006


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.