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Psychological disorder in children with learning disabilities

  • A Michopoulou1,
  • A Nikolaou1,
  • A Karagianni1 and
  • M Vouyoukli1
Annals of General Hospital Psychiatry20032(Suppl 1):S82

Received: 1 November 2003

Published: 23 December 2003


Public HealthPilot StudyPsychological DisorderAnxiety DisorderClinical Assessment


Previous pilot studies at Penteli Children's Hospital (based on Achenbach children questionnaire, completed by parents) indicated that children with learning disabilities present secondary psychological problems (e.g. depression). At the present study we aim to extend and systematize the typology of psychological problems on a larger clinical population.

Material and Methods

The clinical sample consists of 100 children with learning disabilities from the age of 7 to 14 years old. As part of the clinical assessment, apart from Achenbach questionnaire, we provided children with the Beck personality questionnaire


It was found that 26% of children have low self-concept,31% anxiety, 19% depression, 21% anger and 21% disruptive behavior.


We can conclude that children with learning disabilities manifest vulnerability to psychological problems and especially anxiety disorder.

Authors’ Affiliations

General Children's Hospital of Penteli, Athens, Greece


© The Author(s) 2003