Self-concept and depression levels of students with dyslexia in Singapore

Tam, Huiyi Eve, and Hawkins, Russell (2012) Self-concept and depression levels of students with dyslexia in Singapore. In: ATINER'S Conference Paper Series: No: PSY2012-0355. No: PSY2012-0355. pp. 1-14. From: 6th Annual International Conference on Psychology, 28-31 May 2012, Athens, Greece.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the self-concept and depression levels of students with dyslexia in Singapore. Thirty students (8 - 13 years old), who were diagnosed with dyslexia and of at least average intelligence, participated in structured one-on-one interviews. Biographical data forms and two measurement scales (i.e., the Self-Perception Profile of Children, and Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI)) were used in the interviews. Results: The proportion of students who rated academic self-concept domain positively was not significantly different from that who rated the domain negatively. A significant proportion of students provided positive self-ratings on social acceptance (73.91%), athletic competence (78.57%) and global self-worth (81.25%) domains. With regard to depression, the levels of self-reported depressive symptoms in this Singapore sample were not higher than those in the CDI's American normative sample. Finally, a significant negative relationship was found between academic self-concept and overall depression level, even when academic performances were held constant. Conclusions: Students with dyslexia, in Singapore, did not tend to have low academic self-concept or feel depressed when they compared themselves with their peers without dyslexia. Instead, they possessed some protective factors, such as positive global self-worth, and positive self-concept on athletic abilities and social acceptance. Implications and limitations of this study were discussed.

Item ID: 24021
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
ISSN: 2241-2891
Keywords: dyslexia, self-concept, global self-worth and depression levels
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Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 04:53
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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