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ERIC Number: EJ919928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Role of Verbal Memory in Reading Text Comprehension of Individuals with Down Syndrome
Levorato, Maria Chiara; Roch, Maja; Florit, Elena
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v116 n2 p99-110 Mar 2011
This study analyzed the relationship between verbal memory and reading text comprehension in individuals with Down syndrome. The hypothesis that verbal memory provides unique contribution to reading text comprehension after controlling for verbal skills was tested. Twenty-three individuals with Down syndrome (ages 11 years, 2 months-18 years, 1 month) were matched on reading text comprehension, which was the primary variable of interest, with 23 typically developing children (ages 6 years, 2 months-7 years, 1 month). The two groups were compared on verbal skills and verbal memory. The results showed that working memory (concurrent storage and processing functions), but not short-term memory, predicted unique variance in reading text comprehension, after the verbal skills were controlled for. No group differences emerged in the relationship between verbal memory and reading text comprehension.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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