ERIC Number: ED223322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Handedness, Birth Order, Reading Problems: Referrals to a School Psychologist.
Altus, Grace T.; Altus, William D.
To investigate the influence of handedness in the referral of elementary school students to a school psychologist, 120 left-handed referrals were matched with 120 right-handed referrals by sex, full-scale intelligence quotient, and chronological age. Comparison of the groups revealed that twins were more numerous among the left-handed students. Right-handed children did somewhat better than left-handed on Wechsler verbal items, while left-handed students scored higher than right-handed on performance items. Intelligence deficits did not appear to be involved in reading deficits of left-handed boys. More firstborns were found among left-handed children with reading problems; fewer firstborns were found among the gifted than would be expected statistically. Thus, Bakan's birth-order theory is possibly supported by the findings. Additionally, it was found that Wechsler subtest patterning for right- and left-handed children is generally congruent. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982). Best copy available; may not reproduce well.