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Parents as Teachers of Their Own Learning Disabled Children

Sigel, Irving E.; McGillicuddy-DeLisi, Ann V.; Flaugher, Janice; Rock, Donald A.
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ETS Research Report
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Cognitive Development, Parent Influence, Child Rearing, Beliefs, Parent-Child Relationship, Parent Child Interaction, Intellectual Development, Mothers, Fathers, Communication Handicap, Teachers, Family Influence, Learning Disabilities, Family Environment, Child Development


The aim of this research was to investigate parental belief systems and parental childrearing practices, relative to the intellectual development of the communication handicapped (CH) preschool child, embedded within the context of family size and ordinal position of the CH child. The basic hypothesis underlying this research was that parental practices would be directly related to parents' beliefs about child development processes and about their own child's cognitive competence. The study addressed four problems: (1) the relationship between parental belief systems regarding children's cognitive capabilities in general and with respect to their own CH child in particular, (2) the effect of the CH child's level of functioning and position in the family constellation on parental belief systems, (3) the relationship between these perspectives and actual parental teaching and management strategies, and (4) the effect of such teaching/management behaviors on the CH child's level of cognitive functioning and level of representational competence. A path (casual) analysis model was developed from data collected. (127pp.)

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