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Research Trends: Learning Disabilities and the Family

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By Marshall Raskind, Ph.D. , Malka Margalit, Ph.D.

Selected References

  1. Antshel, K. M. & Joseph, G-R (2006). Maternal stress in nonverbal learning disorder: A comparison with Reading disorder. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 39, 194-205.
  2. Atkins, S .P. (1991). Siblings of learning disabled children: Are they special, too? Child and Adolescent Social Work, 8, 525-533.
  3. Dyson, L. L. (1996). The experiences of families of children with learning disabilities: Parental stress, family functioning, and sibling self-concept. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 29, 280-286.
  4. Dyson, L. L. (2003). Children with learning disabilities within the family context: A comparison with siblings in Global self-concept, academic, self-perception, and social competence. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 18, 1-9.
  5. Fuller, G. B., & Rankin, R. E. (1994). Differences in the levels of parental stress among mothers of learning disabled, emotionally impaired and regular school children. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 78, 583-592.
  6. Lardieri, L. A., Blacher, J., & Swanson, H. L. (2000). Sibling relationships and parent stress in families of children with and without learning disabilities. Learning Disability Quarterly, 23(2), 105-116.
  7. Margalit, M. & Almougy, K. (1991). Classroom behavior and family climate in students with learning disabilities and hyperactive behavior. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 24, 406-412.
  8. Margalit & Heiman, (1986a). Family climate and anxiety in families with learning disabled boys.. Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, 24, 841-846.
  9. Margalit & Heiman, (1986b). Learning Disabled boys? anxiety, parental anxiety, and family climate. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 15, 218-253.
  10. Morrison, G. M., & Zetlin, A. (1992). Family profiles of adaptability, cohesion, and communication for learning handicapped and nonhandicapped adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 21, 225-240.
  11. Purkey, W. W. (1970). Self-concept and school achievement. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  12. Raskind, M.H., Goldberg, R.J., Higgins, E.L., & Herman, K.L. (1999). Patterns of change and predictors of success in individuals with learning disabilities: Results from a twenty-year longitudinal study. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 14, 35-49.
  13. Shiota, M.N. (2006), Silver Linings and Candles in the Dark: Differences Among Positive Coping Strategies in Predicting Subjective Well-Being, Emotion, 6(2), 335-339.
  14. Waggoner, K. & Wilgosh, L. (1990). Concerns of families of children with learning disabilities., 23, 97-113.
  15. Parker, T., Hill. J.W. & Goodnow, J. (1989). The impact of special-needs children on their parents' perceptions of family structural interaction patterns. Family Therapy, 16, 259-270.

Marshall H. Raskind, Ph.D., is a learning disability researcher. He is a frequent presenter at international LD conferences and is the author of numerous professional publications on learning disabilities. He is well-known for his research on assistive technology and longitudinal studies tracing LD across the life span.

Malka Margalit, Ph.D., is professor at the School of Education, Tel-Aviv University, the Vice president for international development, in IARLD, and an internationally recognized expert on loneliness and empowerment of families and children with learning disabilities. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals, among them Journal of Learning Disabilities and Exceptional Children.

Comments from readers

"will all due respect to research I am tired of seeing only results that reflect the impact on the mother, I am a single father who had a learning disabilty as child and I have son with an LD and it has a tremendous effect on any parent not just mothers,and because of my expericences I am much better prepared to help my son "
"Did this article appear in any journal. I would like to know how to cite it."