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Poor readers in adulthood: Psychosocial functioning

  • Barbara Maughan (a1) and Ann Hagell (a2)


Samples of poor and normal readers were followed into early adulthood to assess the implications of childhood reading difficulties for the transition to adulthood, and for early adult psychosocial functioning. Some group differences were found in patterns of early adult transitions, and, for women only, on wider measures of early adult functioning. Global self-esteem in adulthood did not differ between the childhood reading groups, and there were few marked variations in vulnerability to later psychiatric disorder. The findings are discussed in regard to differing developmental pathways for problems in adult functioning, ant the possible role of contextual changes in enabling more positive functioning for many childhood poor readers.


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Barbara Maughan, MRC Child Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF.


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