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Title: The effects of a dyslexic profile on young adults
Authors: Gauci, Christine
Keywords: Dyslexics -- Malta
Young adults -- Malta
People with disabilities -- Employment -- Malta
Self-esteem -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Gauci, C. (2019). The effects of a dyslexic profile on young adults (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: This qualitative study analysed the effects of a dyslexic profile on young adults. The first aim of this research was to explore how a profile of dyslexia affects the social, emotional state and development. This study explored if and how dyslexia affected participants’ employment and career choice. The impact of dyslexia on language and communication was also investigated. The positive aspects of dyslexia were also outlined. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was considered the best research design for this study. Data were collected through the use of individual audio-recorded semi- structured interviews to obtain in-depth understanding. Five participants aged between 18 and 30 and with a profile of dyslexia participated in this study. Seven superordinate themes emerged from the interviews: (1) Psychological aspects, (2) Work challenges, (3) Work modifications, (4) Self- perception, (5) Support, (6) Resilience and acceptance and (7) Bilingualism. These themes were discussed and compared to literature and research findings. The main results indicated that, even though these individual encounter various challenges, through perseverance and adaptations they can achieve what they desire. This research helped strengthen the fact that dyslexia is complex and affects the individual beyond literacy skills. Recommendations elicited from the data include more dyslexia-friendly books in libraries. Schools’ assessment methods could also change to reduce their reading challenges or at least use dyslexia-friendly font and size. More campaigns and programmes on the media could aid in spreading awareness to the general public. The number of support groups could increase especially since locally, to date of publication of this work, there is only the MDA and the Dyslexic Teens Dialogue group. More training programmes could be available for academic staff and employers.
Description: B.PSY.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacSoW - 2019
Dissertations - FacSoWPsy - 2019

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