ERIC Number: EJ974183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
Are Special Education Students Happy?
Uusitalo-Malmivaara, Lotta; Kankaanpaa, Paula; Makinen, Tuula; Raeluoto, Tiina; Rauttu, Karoliina; Tarhala, Veera; Lehto, Juhani E.
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v56 n4 p419-437 2012
This study compared the subjective and school-related happiness of 75 11- to 16-year-old special education students to 77 age- and gender-matched mainstream students using two quantitative measures. Additionally, the respondents chose from a list of 12 putative happy makers what they felt increased their happiness. Ten special education students also described their opinions on happiness qualitatively. In both quantitative measures, the special education students reported lower happiness than did their counterparts. Girls reported lower happiness than did boys in subjective happiness. Both educational groups valued money, success in school and leisure time. The most frequent choice of special education students was to have more friends. This paper discusses reasons for the relative unhappiness of special education children. (Contains 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Leisure Time, Disabilities, Psychological Patterns, Special Education, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Gender Differences, Friendship, Foreign Countries, Special Schools, Questionnaires, Mild Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland