Predicting LD on the basis of motivation, metacognition, and psychopathology: An ROC analysis

Georgios D. Sideridis, Paul L. Morgan, George Botsas, Susana Padeliadu, Douglas Fuchs

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We examined how strongly motivation, metacognition, and psychopathology acted as predictors of learning disabilities (LD). The results from five studies suggested that level of motivation (as shown through self-efficacy, motivational force, task avoidance, goal commitment, or self-concept) was highly accurate in classifying students with or at risk for LD. Metacognition and psychopathology were also strong predictors. Classification accuracy using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves ranged between 77% and 96%. These rates were much higher than the chance-level (i.e., 50%-55%) rates sometimes yielded by cognitive indices. Linear discriminant function (LDF) analysis substantiated classification accuracy. These results suggest that motivation, metacognition, and psychopathology are strong predictors of LD. Understanding the influence of these characteristics may help researchers and practitioners more accurately screen and treat students with LD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-229
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Learning Disabilities
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • General Health Professions


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