The Link Between Ambidexterity and Mental Health, Academic, and Language Problems
In common usage, the term “ambidextrous” is used to describe people who have the ability to use both their left and right hand equally well. However, in the scientific literature, the term “ambidextrous” is used to describe a much rarer phenomenon: individuals who are equally skilled with both hands. Only a small percentage of the population (estimated to be around 1-2%) is truly ambidextrous.
Although ambidexterity is relatively rare, it has been the subject of a fair amount of scientific research. This research has linked ambidexterity to a number of different mental health, academic, and language problems.
One of the most well-known studies on ambidexterity was conducted by Stanley Coren in 1993. In this study, Coren found that ambidextrous children were more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their right-handed or left-handed peers.
More recent research has suggested that ambidexterity may also be linked to academic and language problems. A study published in 2012 found that ambidextrous teenagers were more likely to have reading and spelling difficulties than their right- or left-handed peers. Another study, published in 2014, found that ambidextrous children were more likely to have difficulty understanding and using grammar.
So what explains these links between ambidexterity and mental health, academic, and language problems? One possibility is that ambidextrous individuals have differences in brain structure and function compared to right- or left-handed individuals. For example, one study found that ambidextrous individuals had a higher density of gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex, a region of the brain associated with attention and executive function.
It is also possible that the link between ambidexterity and mental health, academic, and language problems is due to environmental factors. For example, it has been suggested that parents of ambidextrous children may inadvertently encourage them to use their weaker hand, which could lead to developmental delays.
Whatever the cause of these links, they highlight the importance of taking into account handedness when studying mental health, academic, and language development in children.
There is no definitive answer to this question as there is limited research on the health care statistics of ambidextrous children. However, one study found that ambidextrous children were more likely to experience minor injuries and illnesses than their right-handed or left-handed counterparts (Chen et al., 2016).
This is a difficult question to compare, as the general population of children varies widely in terms of handedness. However, if we look at the percentage of ambidextrous people in the general population (estimated to be around 1%), we can see that ambidextrous children are overrepresented in studies on childhood health care statistics.
There are several possible explanations for these differences. One possibility is that because ambidextrous people use both sides of their body equally, they may be more prone to injury than people who favor one side or the other. Another possibility is that ambidextrous people may be more likely to have certain medical conditions that require more frequent doctor visits, such as allergies or chronic illnesses. Finally, it is also possible that these differences are due to socio-economic factors or access to healthcare rather than any inherent difference in health between ambidextrous and non-ambidextrous people.
There are several implications for ambidextrous children's health care needs. First, parents and caregivers should be aware that ambidextrous children may be more susceptible to injury and illness than other children. Second, healthcare providers should be aware of the potential increased need for medical care among this population group. Finally, further research is needed in order to better understand the link between handedness and childhood health outcomes.
Some ways that this topic could be researched further include conducting larger studies with greater numbers of participants, investigating a wider range of health outcomes (beyond just injuries and illnesses), and looking at socio-economic factors that may contribute to differences in healthcare access or utilization among different groups of children.
Some other interesting facts about ambidextrous children include that they are more likely to be left-eye dominant and to have a higher IQ than their right-handed or left-handed counterparts (Chen et al., 2016).