CO-MORBIDITY OF SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN NON-CLINICAL SAMPLE OF ADOLESCENTS

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Farzana Ashraf
Najma Najam

Abstract

Objective: To determine the comorbidity and relationship between specific
learning disabilities and depressive symptoms in non-clinical sample of adolescents.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted at four government
schools of Lahore from March to December 2014. The study comprised of 287
students selected through systematic random sampling technique, age ranges
between 11 to 16 years. Demographic information questionnaire, learning
disabilities checklist and children depression inventory were administered to
obtain data. Descriptive Statistics, crosstab analysis and Pearson relationship
were applied.
Results: The mean age of 287 participants was 12.98 ±1.22 years. Overall, 56
(19.51%) of adolescents were identified with mild, 83 (28.94%) with moderate
and 40 (13.94%) with severe levels of comorbidity of depressive symptoms
and specific learning disabilities. Significant relationships between depressive
symptoms and specific learning disabilities were demonstrated (p value=.0001).
These relationships were also found significant for sample of boys whereas for
girls, only significant relationship was observed on subscale of ineffectiveness
(p value=.036)
Conclusion: Significant comorbidity of depressive symptoms and specific
learning disabilities was found. Comorbidity of severe level of depressive symptoms
and specific learning disabilities was more prevalent for sample of boys.

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Ashraf F, Najam N. CO-MORBIDITY OF SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN NON-CLINICAL SAMPLE OF ADOLESCENTS. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2017 May 12 [cited 2023 Feb. 4];31(2). Available from: https://jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/2018
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