Self-reported reading problems in parents of twins with reading difficulties. Journal Article uri icon



  • Parents of 323 twin pairs with reading disability (RD) reported significantly more problems learning to read (16% of mothers and 33% of fathers) than parents of 309 twin pairs without reading difficulties (6% of mothers and 9% of fathers). These rates of self-reported reading problems in parents of twins are highly similar to those previously obtained in parents of non-twin children with RD and controls, suggesting that the etiology of reading deficits in twin and non-twin children may also be highly similar. Moreover, within both the RD and control samples, twins whose parents self-reported a positive history of reading problems had lower reading performance test scores, on average, than those whose parents reported no reading problems. Therefore, results of the present twin study support those of previous studies with non-twin children in which parental self-reports have been found to provide a valid index of family history status for reading difficulties.

publication date

  • June 1, 2000

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  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • March 13, 2015 12:58 PM

Full Author List

  • Davis CJ; Knopik VS; Wadsworth SJ; DeFries JC

author count

  • 4

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1369-0523

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 88

end page

  • 91


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