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ERIC Number: EJ1148008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Rural, Poverty-Level Mothers: A Comparative Study of Those with and without Children Who Have Special Needs
Thurston, Linda P.; Navarrete, Lori A.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v30 n1 p39-46 Mar 2011
A study of low-income rural mothers in four states investigated the differences in demographics, school experience, social support, and school involvement for mothers with children with and without special needs. Forty percent of the mothers reported having at least one child with special needs. Twice as many mothers who did not complete the eighth grade had a child with a disability. Significant differences were found in marital status, mother's retention in school, mother reporting having special needs in school and receiving services, amount of homework, and writing notes to the teacher. Almost all mothers reported being somewhat involved in school. Results suggest that poverty may be a more salient factor in educational considerations than disability. Suggestions for educators include providing special programs for female students with disabilities, considering the material and emotional hardships of poor families when designing family involvement programs, and acting as an advocate for comprehensive anti-poverty programs. [Reprinted from "Rural Special Education Quarterly" v22 n2 Sum 2003.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Tennessee; Texas; Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Coopersmith Self Esteem Inventory
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