Self-concept of children with intellectual disability in mainstream settings

Sally Huck, Coral Kemp*, Mark Carter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background Positive self-concept is an important educational outcome for individuals with disability. Method Perceived competence and acceptance of 17 children with intellectual disability, included in mainstream classes, were assessed using the Pictorial Scale of Perceived Competence and Social Acceptance for Young Children (PSPCSA) and compared with (a) independently rated academic work samples and measures of social status, and (b) measures of perceived competence and acceptance reported for other populations of individuals with and without disability. Results Perceived competence and acceptance were positive and comparable to previously reported results for individuals with disability and young children without disability. The children's perceived cognitive competence was not consistent with ratings of their work samples but their perceived peer acceptance was more consistent with peer ratings of social status. Conclusion Children with intellectual disability remained positive at an age when self-concept is likely to be negatively impacted by comparisons with higher performing peers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-154
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


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