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UNANTICIPATED EFFECTS OF CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES ON THEIR FAMILIES

Lily Dyson
Learning Disability Quarterly
Vol. 33, No. 1 (Winter 2010), pp. 43-55
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25701430
Page Count: 13
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UNANTICIPATED EFFECTS OF CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES ON THEIR FAMILIES
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Abstract

This study examined the unanticipated effects that children with learning disabilities have on the life of their families. Eleven parents of students aged 8 to 16 years old participated in two separate focus group interviews. Findings showed that children with learning disabilities had a range of effects on their families. These included family stress, parenting discrepancies, negative reactions from extended family members, difficulty in interacting with the school, and mixed effects upon siblings. Patterns of family coping also emerged. Recommendations for supporting families and students with learning disabilities are suggested.

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