Characteristics of Inattention and Hyperactivity, Perception of General Health, and Reading Literacy of Japanese Adolescents: Results from a Large-scale Community Sample

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Author(s)

    • Yamada Seigo
    • Department of Neuropsychiatry, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    • Imamura Akira
    • Department of Neuropsychiatry, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    • Honda Sumihisa
    • Department of Health Sciences, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    • Iwanaga Ryoichiro
    • Department of Health Sciences, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    • Dunn Winnie
    • Occupational Therapy Education, University of Missouri
    • Ozawa Hiroki
    • Department of Neuropsychiatry, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Abstract

Adolescents with reading literacy difficulty with comorbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are often at a greater risk for problems of communication, and behavioral and mental health challenges. We aimed to examine literacy weakness for the native Japanese language of KOKUGO and the foreign language of ENGLISH as perceived by Japanese adolescents. We also aimed to analyze the relationship between literacy weakness and inattention and hyperactivity characteristics. We conducted a largescale questionnaire survey of 2987 junior high school students. We used logistic regression analysis to examine the data from the self-report Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), the General Health Questionnaire-12, and adolescents' perceptions of their command of KOKUGO and ENGLISH. We found a significant association between perceived literacy for both languages and SDQ inattention and hyperactivity characteristics. Reading difficulties in ENGLISH may be addressed by introducing ENGLISH at an earlier age supported by clinically enhanced pedagogy.

Journal

  • Acta Medica Nagasakiensia

    Acta Medica Nagasakiensia 61(2), 71-79, 2017

    Nagasaki University School of Medicine

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130006588815
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    departmental bulletin paper
  • ISSN
    0001-6055
  • Data Source
    IR  J-STAGE 
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