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The Sources and Manifestations of Stress  Amongst School-aged Dyslexics,  compared with Sibling Controls

Dyslexia: An International Journal of Research & Practice

Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 291–313, November 2008


All school children experience stress at some point in their school

careers. This study investigates whether dyslexic children, by way of

their educational and social difficulties, experience higher levels of

stress at school. The School Situation Survey was used to investigate

both the sources and manifestations of stress amongst dyslexic children

and non-dyslexic sibling controls. Samples were broken down by

gender, age and the size of families. Results suggest significant

differences between the groups, with dyslexics in academic years 3–5

experiencing the highest stress levels, specifically in interactions with

teachers, worries over academic examinations (SATs) and performance

testing, causing emotional (fear, shyness and loneliness) and

physiological (nausea, tremors or rapid heart beat) manifestations.

Results also suggest that dyslexics in larger families (3–4 sibling

families) experience greater stress in interactions with their peers, than

those in smaller families (two sibling families)}possibly from unfair

sibling comparison.