Learning-disabled boys' anxiety, parental anxiety, and family climate.

Malka Margalit, Tali Heiman

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Compared perceptions of anxiety and family climate in the families of 20 learning disabled (LD) males (mean age 10.15 yrs [IQs 80–215]) and 20 non-LD males (mean age 9.5 yrs). The 40 families were matched according to parents' age, occupational status, and education level. Parents completed the Hebrew adaptation of the Family Environment Scale and a self-analysis scale and were interviewed; the children completed the Hebrew adaptation of the Child Anxiety Scale. Findings indicate that LD boys and their parents were more anxious than the control group; the LD family climate reflected greater emphasis on organization and control, more orientation toward achievement and religion, and less encouragement of free expression of emotions. Specific patterns of relations between parent and child measures were found that highlight the difference between the 2 groups with respect to fathers' and mothers' roles. (20 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-253
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of clinical child psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 1986


  • Anxiety
  • Family Relations
  • Learning Disabilities


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