ERIC Number: ED155586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Reading Disability and Visual Perception in Families: New Findings.
Oxford, Rebecca L.
Frequently a variety of visual perception difficulties correlate with reading disabilities. A study was made to investigate the relationship between visual perception and reading disability in families, and to explore the genetic aspects of the relationship. One-hundred twenty-five reading-disabled students, ages 7.5 to 12 years, were matched with an equal number of students from a control group; parents and all available siblings of comparable age for both groups were also studied. The affected students had IQs of 90 or above and had no obvious psychological or physical difficulties, but they were reading at or below one-half the expected grade level. Results indicated a strong relationship between reading disability and visual perception, suggesting that visual perception is indeed very important in some types of reading disability. Significant sex and family type effects appeared, supporting the familial nature of learning disability. However, data indicating sex-linked major gene transmission were not found. It was concluded that reading disability is strongly related to visual perception, and that both are familial. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)