We thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments in revising this manuscript. We wish to thank all of the adults with dyslexia who participated in this study.
Perceived Family Support and Self-Esteem: The Mediational Role of Emotional Experience in Adults with Dyslexia
Version of Record online: 22 DEC 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 58–74, February 2012
How to Cite
Nalavany, B. A. and Carawan, L. W. (2012), Perceived Family Support and Self-Esteem: The Mediational Role of Emotional Experience in Adults with Dyslexia. Dyslexia, 18: 58–74. doi: 10.1002/dys.1433
- Issue online: 23 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 22 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 28 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 11 AUG 2011
- perceived family support;
Although a growing body of literature shows that perceived family support (PFS) influences self-esteem in adults with dyslexia, little empirical attention has been given to the mechanisms through which this effect operates across early, middle, and late adulthood. The present study examined the mediational effect of emotional experience with dyslexia (EED, emotions stemming from living with an often misunderstood and stereotyped learning difficulty) that may account for the empirical link between PFS and self-esteem. The participants were 224 adults with self-identified dyslexia (average age = 49.1 years, males = 64.7%) who participated in a Web-based survey. A bootstrapping analysis (a new approach to mediational analysis) revealed that EED mediated the relationship between PFS and self-esteem across the entire sample and in early and middle adulthood. The mediational effect was strongest in early adulthood. Implications of these findings are discussed. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.