ERIC Number: ED222022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Learning Disabled Children's Self-Esteem and Desire for Approval.
Pearl, Ruth; Bryan, Tanis
The study investigated whether learning disabled fifth, sixth, and seventh graders who were given an easy opportunity to look good would be as likely to take the opportunity as other children. Ss were given the Children's Social Desirability Scale, a questionnaire which lists a series of statements which indicate exaggerated claims of socially desirable behaviors and occasional lapses in socially desirable behavior. Children's scores indicated the extent to which they try to present themselves as perfect, i.e., the extent to which they claim that they always behave in a socially desirable way and deny that there are any lapses. A second measure was given to assess Ss' self esteem. Results from the Social Desirability Scale indicated that the learning disabled children were as desirous of "looking good" as nondisabled children. Findings suggested that when learning disabled children are found to behave differently in social situations than other children, it is unlikely that these differences arise because of lack of motivation on the part of the children to behave in a socially approved way. The lack of differences between learning disabled and nondisabled children on the self esteem scale replicated the findings of previous research. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference of the Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (Chicago, IL, March 3-7, 1982).