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First Advisor

Kapperman, Gaylen, 1943-

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Learning, Development, and Special Education


Ability--Testing; Parents--Psychology; Handicapped children--Care


The attitudes of fourteen mothers and one father were compared with those of an occupational therapist, a speech and language therapist, and a psychologist. This comparison was made to investigate the hypothesis that parents of handicapped children tend to disagree with the professionals regarding their children’s abilities. The assessment portion of the Project Vision Up and an informal data sheet were given to each parent and professional person. The Pearson Product Moment Coefficient of Correlation and the arithmetic means of correlations were used to analyze the raw data resulting from the study. It was found that, in general, the parents have a tendency to agree with professionals in regard to their children's ability levels. A positive correlation of the level of agreement appeared to be shown in all areas. Parents appeared to agree with professionals more in the area of cognition than in either of the other two areas. The ages of parents and children do not appear to affect the results in the cognition area whereas significant differences were found in the language and self-help areas when comparing older and younger groups of parents and children.


Bibliography: leaf 47.


v, 47 pages




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