ERIC Number: EJ799620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
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Reading and Writing: What Is the Relationship with Anxiety and Depression?
Bonifacci, Paola; Candria, Lucia; Contento, Silvana
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v21 n6 p609-625 Aug 2008
Learning can be considered a function of synthesis in which both cognitive functioning and the domain of affectivity convey. The aim of the present study was to investigate how specific literacy skills, i.e., reading and writing, relate to two main dimensions of negative affectivity, i.e., anxiety and depression. Study 1 was conducted on third grade children (72), while Study 2 focused on first grade children (43). Two groups of participants selected because they had been deemed "at risk" for the development of anxiety or depression and a control group were compared in reading and writing tasks, which included both word and non-word lists. The assessment included also the evaluation of Verbal, Nonverbal and Composite IQs. Results indicated that children "at risk" for depression made more spelling errors in dictation of words in comparison to the control group. No differences emerged in reading tasks or with reference to the group of children "at risk" for anxiety.
Descriptors: Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Reading, Writing (Composition), Literacy, Grade 3, Grade 1, Control Groups, At Risk Persons, Spelling, Intelligence Quotient
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 3
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