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Reading comprehension among typically developing Swedish-speaking 10-12-year-olds: Examining subgroups differentiated in terms of language and decoding skills.

Journal article
Authors Jakob Åsberg
Marika Carlsson
Ann-Marie Oderstam
Carmela Miniscalco
Published in Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology
Volume 35
Issue 4
Pages 189-193
ISSN 1651-2022
Publication year 2010
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Department of Psychology
Pages 189-193
Language en
Keywords Child, Comprehension, Educatonal Measurement, Female, Humans, Language Development, Language Tests, Male, Reading, Sweden, Task Performance and Analysis
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry


Based on data from 156 typically developing 10-12-year-olds from Sweden, reading comprehension skills were studied in three subgroups: those classified with specific poor word decoding skills (n = 10), those with specific poor language comprehension (n = 12), and those with mixed difficulties in word decoding and language comprehension (n = 11). The mixed poor group achieved significantly lower scores than both specific groups in reading comprehension, and was the only group displaying poor reading comprehension test results relative to the performance of the full sample. Results are indicative of the necessity of a combined effect of poor word decoding and language in reading comprehension difficulties for this group. Implications and limitations are discussed.

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