Most Adults with Dyslexia Were Physically Abused During Childhood




One-third of adults with dyslexia were physically abused during childhood.

Findings recently documented in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence indicate that one-third of adults with dyslexia report childhood abuse. However, co-author Fuller-Thomson asserts that the data cannot differentiate between cause-and-effect.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, prior studies have also revealed similar data with ADHD. The most likely explanation appears to be a combination of factors: Being learning disabled or ADHD and having poor self-esteem predisposes some children to bullying and abuse. In addition, being abused during childhood may intensify the severity and recognition of those predisposed to dyslexia and/or ADHD.

About Harold Levinson, M.D.:
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:


By Harold Levinson, M.D.

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