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ERIC Number: EJ882322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0268-2141
Sources of Stress for Greek Students with Intellectual Disabilities Attending Mainstream Schools
Soulis, Spiridon-Georgios; Floridis, Theodore
Support for Learning, v25 n2 p74-80 May 2010
Students with intellectual disabilities often experience school-related stress. As a result, they are confronted with many difficulties in their daily school life. The goal of this study was to assess situations of school life that students attending Greek mainstream settings are likely to experience as stressful. Twenty students with mild intellectual disabilities were interviewed about their feelings and thoughts regarding possible stressful situations in school. Qualitative analysis of the interviews' data was conducted. As a result, five main sources of school-related stress were mentioned: school achievement and classroom participation; peer interactions; student behaviour and risk of injury; parents' expectations; and teacher acceptance. The findings suggest that children with intellectual disabilities experience school-related stress mainly to a normal degree. Concerning the stress factors that emerged as crucial, a basic conclusion can be drawn: mainstream schools should be changed into inclusive communities where student differences are fully respected, and wherein all children, with and without disabilities, are supported according to their individual abilities, potentials and needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece