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High acceptance of an early dyslexia screening test involving genetic analyses in Germany

: Wilcke, Arndt; Müller, Bent; Schaadt, Gesa; Friederici, Angela D.; Emmrich, Frank; Brauer, Jens; Neef, Nicole; Skeide, Michael A.; Kraft, Indra; Czepezauer, Ivonne; Bobovnikov, Nadin; Kirsten, Holger; Boltze, Johannes


European journal of human genetics : EJHG 24 (2016), No.2, pp.178-182
ISSN: 1018-4813
ISSN: 1476-5438
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IZI ()

Dyslexia is a developmental disorder characterized by severe problems in the acquisition of reading and writing skills. It has a strong neurobiological basis. Genetic influence is estimated at 5070%. One of the central problems with dyslexia is its late diagnosis, normally not before the end of the 2nd grade, resulting in the loss of several years for early therapy. Currently, research is focusing on the development of early tests for dyslexia, which may be based on EEG and genetics. Our aim was to determine the acceptance of such a future test among parents. We conducted a representative survey in Germany with 1000 parents of children aged 37 years, with and without experience of dyslexia. 88.7% of the parents supported the introduction of an early test for dyslexia based on EEG and genetics; 82.8% would have their own children tested, and 57.9% were willing to pay for the test if health insurance did not cover the costs. Test acceptance was significantly higher if par ents had prior experience with dyslexia. The perceived benefits of such a test were early recognition and remediation and, preventing deficits. Concerns regarded the precision of the test, its potentially stigmatizing effect and its costs. The high overall support for the test leads to the conclusion that parents would accept a test for dyslexia based on EEG and genetics.