Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1986

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)

Department

Advanced Education Programs

Advisor

Cathy Hall

Abstract

The present investigation examined the level of depression in a sample of 100 learning disabled and non-learning disabled fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. Levels of depression were assessed using a Children’s depression Inventory (CDI) developed by Kovacs (1979). Students were rated by their classroom teachers on behaviors related to depression based on the DSM-III criteria using the Hall Behavior Rating Scale. Children were matched according to grade levels, sex, and educational placement (learning disabled vs. regular education). It was found that children identified as learning disabled obtained significantly higher scores on the CDI than children in the regular education classroom. There were no significant differences among levels. There was a significant correlation between CDI scores and teacher ratings of the students. It was found that children with high CDI scores were also perceived by their teachers as having a loss of interest in usual activities, fatigue, psychomotor agitation or retardation, feelings of worthlessness and diminished ability to concentrate.

Rights

Copyright1986 Denise Alane Haws

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