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An Investigation of Parent and Caregiver Experiences of the Association between Attachment and Reading Disorder Tendencies in Children and the Effect on Self-Esteem Levels

Gordon, Abigail (2022) An Investigation of Parent and Caregiver Experiences of the Association between Attachment and Reading Disorder Tendencies in Children and the Effect on Self-Esteem Levels. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Aims: The present study explored the relationship between reading disorder tendencies and attachment and examined the association between these variables on self-esteem levels. The study also examined gender differences in attachment scores for children with mild to significant reading disorder tendencies.

Method: A questionnaire was distributed to participants (n=84) through social networking sites. Participants were recruited by convenience sampling and were a parent or guardian of a child aged 5 to 9 years old. The questionnaire consisted of questions regarding demographic information, The Colorado Learning Difficulties – Reading Subscale, The Attachment Q-Sort Questionnaire and The Behavioral Rating Scale of Presented Self-Esteem.

Results: The results of this study indicated that reading disorder traits are associated with attachment levels to primary caregivers. It was also observed that reading disorder tendencies have an effect on self-esteem levels. Attachment levels did not show a statistically significant effect on self-esteem levels and no significant gender differences were observed on reading disorder tendencies.

Conclusion: Findings provide a greater knowledge of the association between reading disorder tendencies, attachment, and self-esteem. The findings challenge the notion of gender differences in traits of reading disorders and demonstrate need for further investigation of reading disorder tendencies. On a practical level, the findings provide valuable information regarding self-esteem and reading disorder tendencies.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children > Child Development
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Child psychology
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2022 14:10
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 14:10
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5643

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