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Reading level and the prevalence of a dyslexic profile among patients in a forensic psychiatric clinic
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2608-6204
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of pedagogy.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7261-590X
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, ISSN 1478-9949, E-ISSN 1478-9957, Vol. 26, no 4, 532-550 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aims to investigate Swedish language reading ability of forensicpatients and the number of them that present a dyslexia profile. Anotheraim is to compare the reading level in different subtypes of psychiatricdiagnoses. Assessments were made of 185 patients by a battery of readingtests. They were also interviewed about their schooling and theirself-estimated reading and writing ability. The results show that thepatients’ reading level is below average for grade six children in Swedishcompulsory school, and that 16 per cent show a dyslexic profile. Malepatients with an immigrant background and a diagnosis of psychosis andanxiety disorders perform the lowest when measuring literacy skills. Thisproportionately low reading ability can cause difficulties in understandingtexts as presented in broadsheet newspapers, civic information and patientrecords, and might even jeopardize the understanding of adult spokenlanguage.

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Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 26, no 4, 532-550 p.
Keyword [en]
reading disabilities, empirical study, forensic psychiatry, gender, dyslexia profile
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Psychology
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Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45140DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2015.1037329ISI: 000356414500007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45140DiVA: diva2:827259
Available from: 2015-06-26 Created: 2015-06-26 Last updated: 2017-01-16Bibliographically approved

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