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ERIC Number: EJ1097813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-8827
High Self-Esteem as a Coping Strategy for Students with Learning Disabilities
Kumar, S. Praveen; Raja, B. William Dharma
Journal on Educational Psychology, v2 n4 p14-19 2009
Children with learning disabilities are found in most schools. Learning disability is a widespread issue in today's society. A learning-disabled child is one whose achievement is less than his expected level of achievement despite having average or above average intelligence. Learning disability is nothing but a condition that affects the ability to perform basic academic skills such as reading, writing or arithmetic. Since the lives of learning-disabled students tend to revolve around their disabilities rather than their abilities, their self-esteem is unrealistically low. Consequently, their self expectations, levels of aspiration and general motivational levels get unnecessarily diminished. Self-esteem is the personal evaluation of oneself and the resulting feelings associated with the self concept. It is a personal trait that can be improved by any person willing to commit himself or herself to the task of positive self development. High self-esteem helps to build strong convictions and optimistic attitudes. It makes a person self-motivated and ambitious and open to new opportunities and challenges. Self-esteem can be considered as a coping mechanism for learning-disabled students to accept their disability and to strive for positive self development. Hence it is necessary for such pupils to be motivated and encouraged to deny the fact of their disability and to rise high in life.
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