Assessment of Families with Mildly Handicapped and Nonhandicapped Preschoolers
Journal of School Psychology
This exploratory study examined parenting and child problem behavior differences between families of preschoolers with and without mild handicapping conditions. Sixty-five families of preschoolers with mild handicaps were compared with sixty families with nonhandicapped children by means of the Parent Behavior Checklist and the Child Behavior Checklist. The results indicated that mothers of the mildly handicapped sample had lower developmental expectations for their children than did mothers of the nonhandicapped sample. Parents rated their preschoolers with mild handicaps as displaying higher levels of internalizing and total behavior problems than did parents of nonhandicapped preschoolers. Increases in parental discipline were related to increases in parents' ratings of children's externalizing behavior for all families. The implications of these findings for school psychologists relative to developing individualized family service plans are discussed.