The effects of participation by one parent per learning disabled child in a systematic training for effective parenting program on the child's locus of control and self-esteem

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1981

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This study investigated the effects of participation by one parent per learning disabled child in the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting program on their learning disabled child's (1) locus of control, measured by the Nowicki-Strickland Scale and (2) self-esteem, measured by the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory - Form B. 38 parents and their learning disabled children were randomly assigned to experimental (n = 19) and control (n = 19) groups. Experimental group parents participated in the STEP program for six weeks. Multivariate analysis of variance revealed no significant differences between experimental and control groups. The posttest means and standard deviations indicated positive change for the experimental group. Favorable teacher ratings of disruptive behavior and informal interviews indicated positive attitude changes for the experimental group parents and children. Attitude change may be a necessary first step to changing the child's locus of control and self-esteem. It appears further investigation is justified.

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Learning disabilities

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