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'Speedy action over goal orientation': Cognitive impulsivity in male forensic patients with dyslexia
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8562-5610
Lund University, Department of Psychology.
Malmö University, Department of Criminology.
2012 (English)In: Dyslexia, ISSN 1076-9242, E-ISSN 1099-0909, Vol. 18, no 4, 226-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous neuropsychiatric studies suggest a relationship between reading disability and cognitive impulsivity. This relationship is not entirely explained by the high comorbidity between reading disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as children with a co-occurrence of these disorders tend to be more impulsive than those with ADHD only. Other research has demonstrated that poor verbal skill (irrespective of the presence of dyslexia) deficits in executive functions and impulsivity are important risk factors for criminal behaviour. The present study bridges these two research traditions by examining whether patients undergoing forensic psychiatric investigation who also have dyslexia, have a cognitive style characterized by impulsivity. Male forensic patients (mean age 27 years, range 16-35) with (n = 9) and without (n = 13) dyslexia were evaluated on the computerized EuroCog test battery. The findings suggest that patients with dyslexia tend to use a cognitive impulsive style and suggest a more direct link between dyslexia and cognitive impulsivity that is not mediated by the presence of ADHD. In order to identify treatment needs and tailor treatment accordingly, forensic patients should be assessed with respect to poor verbal skill, dyslexia and impulsivity. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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2012. Vol. 18, no 4, 226-235 p.
Keyword [en]
ADHD, cognitive impulsive strategy, dyslexia, EuroCog (APT), forensic psychiatric patients
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Psychology
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-4771DOI: 10.1002/dys.1444ISI: 000309887700004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84867559039ISBN: 10769242 (ISSN) OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-4771DiVA: diva2:566045
Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-10-31 Last updated: 2014-08-21Bibliographically approved

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