Dyslexia: is it genetic and what does this mean for social inclusion?
Holttum, S. 2016. Dyslexia: is it genetic and what does this mean for social inclusion? Mental Health and Social Inclusion. 20 (4), pp. 202-207.
Purpose – This paper starts by considering what it means if dyslexia has genetic or environmental causes.
Design/methodology/approach – One study was a thorough exploration of possible genetic differences
Findings – The study on genetic differences found no evidence for some previously suggested genetic
Originality/value – Although this paper only discusses two papers in detail, they are two of the most recent explorations of genetic and environmental links to dyslexia. There could be a case for greater attention to possible traumatic experiences in children identified as dyslexic. Physical abuse is one possibility but should never be assumed. Families can be under strain and may need more support. However, dyslexia and the mental health difficulties that can result from childhood trauma can reduce a child’s current and future social inclusion. Early intervention may avert this outcome.
|Journal||Mental Health and Social Inclusion|
|Journal citation||20 (4), pp. 202-207|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1108/MHSI-08-2016-0024|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||17 Nov 2016|
|Accepted||29 Sep 2016|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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