Dyslexics: Dating, Marriage and Parenthood

Neil Alexander-Passe
Middlesex University, Woodside Park, London, United Kingdom

Series: Dyslexia. An Academic Perspective
BISAC: PSY000000

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This new innovative book aims to investigate adult dyslexics and their long-term relationships, along with their journey through parenthood.

The book begins by investigating adult dyslexics and their childhoods, looking at their emotional and behavioural coping strategies. These adults, with others from a website for adult dyslexics, look at the impact childhood trauma has on dating, then on marriage/long-term partners. A commissioned study interviewing long-term partners of dyslexics brings new perspective to understanding how dyslexia affects relationships and how they interact as parents.

What seems clear from combining the many perspectives is that dyslexia has a distinctive effect on relationships, with communication being one of the greatest problems. Non-dyslexic partners seem to be attracted by the quirkiness that comes with dyslexia, and the dyslexic ability to think out of the box/being divergent thinkers. However the effects of dyslexia can also bring difficulties in reading social non-verbal clues, an inability to express oneself coherently, and the inabilities to converse with peers in general conversation.

The research found that many dyslexic parents feel inhibited by school homework and interactions with school, creating an unbalanced weight on non-dyslexic partners to manage not only the home and finances, but all dealings with school. This extra burden can have a heavy impact on the survival of the relationship, and “social exchange theory” is investigated with dyslexics.

Dyslexia and careers are also investigated, with “post-traumatic growth theory” used to explain why many dyslexics overcome extreme trauma in mainstream education, but still attain post-school at university and in business. This is an important theory that explains their resilience and motivation to succeed.

The book ends with a comprehensive hints and tips section for dyslexics and their non-dyslexic partners to aid relationships, marriage and parenthood with both dyslexic and non-dyslexic children. (Imprint: Nova)

PREFACE pp. i-

INTRODUCTION

1. WHAT IS DYSLEXIA? – EMPIRICAL REVIEW

2. WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?

3. DYSLEXIA AND STIGMA OR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

4. CURES FOR DYSLEXIA

5. CHILDHOOD

6. FEELING DIFFERENT

7. DYSLEXICS AND THE FAMILY

8. REACTIONS BY THE SCHOOL

9. EMOTIONAL REACTIONS AS CHILDREN

10. ADULTHOOD

11. FEELING DIFFERENT

12. BEING AN ADULT

13. HOW ADULT DYSLEXICS COPE

14. EMOTIONAL HEALTH

15. COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS AND RELATIONSHIPS

16. DYSLEXIA AND DATING

17. DYSLEXICS AND MARRIAGE

18. UNDIAGNIOSED DYSLEXIC PARENTS AND DENIAL

19. DYSLEXIC PARENTS – HOW THEIR CHILDHOOD STILL AFFECTS THEM

20. MAKING YOUR DYSLEXIC CHILD RESILIENT

21. DYSLEXIC PARENTS AND REACTIONS TO SCHOOL

22. CAREERS AND THE WORKPLACE

23. INFERIORITY COMPLEX

24. CAREER ADVICE FOR DYSLEXICS?

25. DYSLEXICS AND FURTHER EDUCATION

26. DYSLEXICS AND HIGHER EDUCATION/UNIVERSITY

27. DYSLEXIA AND THE WORKPLACE

28. A SUCCESSFUL AND UNSUCCESSFUL DYSLEXICS

29. WHAT MOTIVATES DYSLEXICS TO SUCCEED

30. DATING

31. COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS

32. MARRIAGE

33. PARENTHOOD

34. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION

35. SUGGESTED HINTS AND TIPS

APPENDIXIES

APPENDIX 1: DYSLEXIC DEFENCE MECHANISMS

APPENDIX 2: THE ADULT DYSLEXIC PERSONALITY

APPENDIX 3: STUDY 1 (ADULT DYSLEXICS)

APPENDIX 4: STUDY 2 (PARTNERS OF DYSLEXICS)

BIBLOGRAPHY

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