Specific learning disorders and anxiety: A matter of school experience?

Matteo Chiappedi, Ilaria M C Baschenis

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BACKGROUND: Specific learning disorders (SLDs) are a group of neuropsychological disorders which reduce a child's ability to read and/or write and/or use numbers. Internalizing disorders, and in particular anxiety, has been reported as a relatively common comorbidity in children with reading difficulties. We conducted this study in order to test if school experience (in terms of perceived support from the teacher) is associated with the development of anxiety. METHODS: Twenty patients with SLDs (age: 8-13) were compared to 32 healthy subjects of the same age. All subjects filled the scale to measure anxiety derived from the Self-Administered Psychiatric Scales for Children and Adolescents (SAFA); results were compared using non-parametric statistics after verifying that scores were not normally distributed. RESULTS: Patients more often had a clinically significant level of anxiety (Mann Whitney U Test; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-55
Number of pages5
JournalMinerva Pediatrica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Anxiety
  • Learning Disorders
  • Schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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