Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Health Related Characteristics of Adults with Learning Disabilities

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Health Related Characteristics of Adults with Learning Disabilities

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Adults with LDs are treated mainly for academic or emotional deficits and may deal with additional diagnoses (such as ADHD, DCD, depression and anxiety). Qualitative literature reveals huge difficulties in activity and participation in additional life areas, yet almost no literature relates to adults with LDs from a comprehensive health perspective. This presentation, based on previous literature and the ICF model (WHO, 2001), is a part of a larger study aimed at discovering predictive variables of activity and participation amongst adults with LDs, and describes health related characteristics of this population.

Method: 55 adults with LDs and 55 controls matched by age, gender, socio-economic-status and years of education volunteered for a quasiexperimental case-control design study.

Results: Adults with LDs differed significantly from controls in various health-related factors: more were single, lived with parents, had attended more than one high school and graduated with negative feelings. They reported significantly more symptoms of DCD (t=-7. …

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