Emotional and behavioral characteristics over a six-year period in youths with persistent and nonpersistent dyscalculia

Judith G. Auerbach, Varda Gross-Tsur, Orly Manor, Ruth S. Shalev

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Abstract

The authors examined behavior problems in a matched sample of 58 youths with persistent dyscalculia (PD) and nonpersistent dyscalculia (NPD). Participants were classified as having dyscalculia at age 10-11 years. Parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist for their children at ages 10-11, 13-14, and 16-17 years, while the youths did so at the last two age periods. Only at age 16-17 years were there significantly more problems, particularly attention problems and externalizing problems, reported by parents for PD youths compared to NPD youths. A higher percentage in the PD group than in the NPD group received scores in the clinical range for externalizing problems. However, the mean levels of behavior problems at this age and the earlier ages were within the normal range for both groups. For youth-reported problems, the only significant difference was for attention problems at 16-17 years. Therapeutic interventions should focus on the academic domain and improving and altering behavioral patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-273
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Learning Disabilities
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2008

Keywords

  • BD
  • Behavior disorders
  • Dyscalculia
  • Longitudinal research method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • General Health Professions

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