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TitlePsychological distress of adolescents with learning disabilities : the moderating effects of age, gender, and social support
AuthorBarrett, Melissa, 1984-
DescriptionThesis (M.Ed.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011. Education
Paginationvi, 47 leaves : ill.
SubjectLearning disabled teenagers--Canada; Learning disabled teenagers--Canada--Treatment; Learning disabilities--Canada--Psychological aspects; Learning disabilities--Canada--Treatment; Learning disabilities--Canada--Social aspects; Learning disabled--Canada--Psychology
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Faculty of Education
Spatial CoverageCanada
NotesBibliography: leaves 42-47.
AbstractPrevious research indicates that adolescents with learning disabilities are at an increased risk of developing mental health issues relative to their non-learning disabled peers (e.g., Svetaz, Ireland, & Blum, 2000). Age, gender (e.g., Valas, 1999), and social support (e.g., Choenarom, Williams, & Hagerty, 2005) appear to be important variables that can influence the mental health status of both learning disabled and non-learning disabled individuals. The current study examined the effects of four types of social support (tangible, affective, positive social interaction, and emotional/informational) as well as age and gender on the level of distress being experienced by 454 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 with diagnosed learning disabilities. Data for the study were taken from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey (Statistics Canada, 2006). Multivariate analyses based on the entire sample indicated that female adolescents with learning disabilities reported significantly higher levels of distress than male adolescents with learning disabilities. In addition, adolescents with higher levels of perceived tangible social support and emotional/informational support were found to report less distress. Separate analyses based on gender indicated that older male adolescents reported higher levels of distress. In addition, males with higher levels of perceived tangible social support and positive social interactions reported lower levels of distress. For female adolescents, higher levels of perceived affection were associated with lower levels of distress. The clinical implications of the study's findings are discussed.
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