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ERIC Number: ED421208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 12
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Families of Children with and without Special Needs: A Comparison of Family Processes.
Clawson, Mellisa A.; Bigsby, Kathleen
The Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments of 1986 increased the numbers of families eligible for special needs assistance, yet information concerning these families is minimal. This study explored the needs of families of preschool children with disabilities by comparing their family processes, parenting style, and children's social and cognitive outcomes with those of families without special needs children. Subjects were 49 mothers and 31 fathers with a child (24-56-months of age) enrolled at an inclusive university-based preschool. Fifteen parents had a child with an identified special need. Scores on the Self-Report Family Inventory indicated that, compared to families without special needs, families of children with special needs experienced lower levels of family satisfaction and closeness and higher levels of authoritarian parenting; the children were seen as less academically and socially competent than their typically-developing peers. Contains 12 references. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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