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Reading and Writing

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 327–331 | Cite as

Validity of self-reported reading disability by parents of reading-disabled and control children

  • Sadie N. Decker
  • George P. Vogler
  • J. C. Defries
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Abstract

Composite reading scores obtained from parents of 125 reading-disabled children and 125 matched control children who participated in the Colorado Family Reading Study were used to test the validity of self-reported reading problems. Parents who reported that they encountered serious difficulty learning to read had significantly lower reading scores than did those who reported no positive history of reading problems. Moreover, this difference was larger for parents of reading-disabled children than for those of controls. Thus, parental self-reports provide a valid index of reading problems.

Keywords

Dyslexia reading disability self-reports genetics 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sadie N. Decker
    • 1
  • George P. Vogler
    • 1
  • J. C. Defries
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Behavioral GeneticsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderU.S.A.

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