School of Education


Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)


Meredith Park


Dyslexia, Well-being, Adult, Learning Disability, Reading Disability


Curriculum and Instruction | Education


This study examined the effects of dyslexia on well-being as an adult. The researcher compared adults given a diagnosis of dyslexia with adults not given a diagnosis of dyslexia for well-being using a quantitative causal-comparative method. Participants for this study were a convenience sample, consisting of 219 adults with and without a self-identified diagnosis of dyslexia per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition (DSM-IV). The researcher used the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS) and measured the well-being of adults who are diagnosed as dyslexic and adults that are not dyslexic. The researcher utilized a 14-item questionnaire for positive attributes of mental health, using a five-point Likert-scale with combined possible scores ranging from 14 to 60 with the well-being population mean score as 50.7. Data analysis consisted of an independent samples t test. There was a significant difference in the average scores between adults with dyslexia and adults without dyslexia. The findings suggest that adults without dyslexia have a greater sense of well-being than adults with dyslexia.