Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The present study examined differences in how parents of children with and without learning disabilities perceive their children academically. Of 235 participants, all recruited through Amazon’s MTurk platform, 124 (52%) had a child with a learning disability. Compared to parents of children without learning disabilities, parents who had children with learning disabilities reported that their children were less motivated and that their children cared less about getting good grades. Parents of children with a disability reported lower parental satisfaction compared to parents of children without learning disabilities. Among parents of children with learning disabilities, greater perception of stigma was negatively related to parents’ report of children’s motivation and to parental satisfaction. These results suggest that parents of children with disabilities perceive their children as less motivated and less likely to improve. Further, parents who experience stigma have more negative perceptions than parents of children with disabilities who do not perceive stigma.
Janikowski, Leah I. and Norvilitis, Jill M.
"Parental Perceptions of Children With and Without Learning Disabilities,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 25:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol25/iss1/11