Naming speed deficits in adults with reading disabilities: a test of the double-deficit hypothesis

J Learn Disabil. Sep-Oct 2004;37(5):440-50. doi: 10.1177/00222194040370050601.


The present study investigated the persistent nature of naming speed deficits within the context of the double-deficit hypothesis in a university sample of adults with reading disabilities (RD). Twenty-five university students with RD were compared to 28 typically achieving readers on measures of reading skill, phonological processing, and naming speed. The results indicated that both naming speed and phonological processing deficits characterized the RD group. In a regression analysis, neither naming speed nor phonological processing were important variables in explaining comprehension when reading rate was in the model. The results of the present study are mixed at best and are consistent with earlier conclusions that support for the double-deficit hypothesis of dyslexia remains limited.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anomia / diagnosis*
  • Comorbidity
  • Comprehension
  • Dyslexia / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phonetics
  • Reaction Time*
  • Reference Values
  • Verbal Learning