Handedness, health and cognitive development: Evidence from children in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

David Johnston, Michael Nicholls, Manisha Shah, Michael Shields

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    Abstract

    Summary. Using data from the child supplement of the US National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, and fitting three-level random-effects models of child health and cognitive development, we test whether left-handed children have different outcomes from those of their right-handed counterparts. The health measures cover both physical health and mental health, and the cognitive development test scores span vocabulary, mathematics, reading and comprehension. Overall we find little evidence to suggest that left-handed children have a significantly higher probability of experiencing injury, illness or behavioural problems. In contrast, we find that left-handed children have significantly lower cognitive development test scores than right-handed children for all areas of development with the exception of reading. Moreover, we find no strong evidence that the left-handedness effect differs by gender or age.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)841-860
    Number of pages20
    JournalJOURNAL OF THE ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY SERIES A-STATISTICS IN SOCIETY
    Volume176
    Issue number4
    Early online date2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

    Keywords

    • Children
    • Cognitive development
    • Handedness
    • Health
    • Multilevel modelling

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