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date: 01 June 2020

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This chapter reviews and integrates empirical findings regarding hope as a major personal resource among individuals with specific learning disorder (SLD). First, it describes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fifth edition; DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for SLD and briefly illustrates the major difficulties that individuals with SLD may experience in the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral domains. Next, it presents an overview of the empirical literature regarding hope as reported by children and adolescents with SLD in different age groups and its relations with additional personal resources such as the sense of coherence and coping with age-appropriate academic and social challenges. Possible factors that may contribute to the lower resources found in SLD and their implications are explored, as well as future research directions and interventional implications.

Keywords: specific learning disorder, SLD, hope, personal resources, sense of coherence, coping, DSM-5

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