Symptom Complaint Patterns in College Students with Learning Disabilities.Report as inadecuate

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This study analyzed symptom complaint patterns and perceived academic impairment in a sample of 189 university students diagnosed with various learning disorders (LD). Each participant underwent an extensive standardized assessment battery and was diagnosed according to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association. Participants also completed the Adult Learning Difficulties Assessment, a 123-item survey assessing perceived impairment in reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, listening, concentration, memory, organizational skills, sense of control, and anxiety. Analysis of variance revealed significant differences in level of perceived academic impairment between the LD groups, with the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder group reporting the most perceived impairment. Specific symptom complaint patterns for each learning disorder, along with limitations of the study and implications for future research, are discussed. (Author/SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Ability, Attention Deficit Disorders, College Students, Higher Education, Hyperactivity, Learning Disabilities, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)

Author: Kane, Steven T.; Joy, Crystal


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