ERIC Number: EJ892939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Parenting with Mild Intellectual Deficits: Parental Expectations and the Educational Attainment of Their Children
Taylor, Julie Lounds; Hurd, Heather Doescher; Seltzer, Marsha Mailick; Greenberg, Jan S.; Floyd, Frank J.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v115 n4 p340-354 Jul 2010
We examined how the educational expectations that parents with mild intellectual deficits had for their children shaped their children's attainment, and how parents' own intellectual limitations affected this process. We identified 612 parents with mild intellectual deficits and 2,712 comparison parents from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a prospective longitudinal study in which participants were followed from ages 18 to 64. Compared to the norm, parents with mild intellectual deficits expected their children to complete less education, even after controlling for sociodemographic background variables, and children of parents with mild intellectual deficits did, in fact, complete fewer years of education. For both groups, parental expectations were the strongest predictor of attainment. Results suggest that disparities in education are shaped in part by parents' beliefs about educational opportunities.
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Academic Aspiration, Educational Opportunities, Child Rearing, Mild Mental Retardation, Parents with Disabilities, Longitudinal Studies, Comparative Analysis, Expectation, Parent Attitudes, Socioeconomic Influences, Predictor Variables
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