Coping styles of learning disabled adolescents and their parents

Shmuel Shulman, Steven Carlton-Ford, Rivka Levian, Sara Hed

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The study compares coping styles of 50 learning disabled and nonlearning dis-abled adolescents and their parents. Analyses indicate that learning disabled adolescents show less ability to appraise a source of stress and seek information in the various domains with which they are expected to cope. Also, they reveal a higher level of pessimism about problems in academic-related domains. Coping patterns of parents of learning disabled adolescents do not show clear differences from parents of nonlearning disabled. Yet mothers of learning disabled adolescents tend more to seek and accept help. Learning disabled adolescents' coping is clearly related to coping or more specifically to difficulties in coping of their parents. Results are discussed in the context of the special difficulties of the learning disabled during adolescence and the role their parents play during this developmental stage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-294
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1995


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