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Observational assessment and maternal reports of motivation in children and adolescents with Down syndrome

Citation

Gilmore, L and Cuskelly, M, Observational assessment and maternal reports of motivation in children and adolescents with Down syndrome, American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 116, (2) pp. 153-164. ISSN 1944-7515 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1352/1944-7558-116.2.153

Abstract

Despite a lack of consistent empirical evidence, there has been an ongoing assumption that intellectual disability is associated with reduced levels of motivation. The participants in this study were 33 children with Down syndrome ages 1015 years and 33 typically developing 38-year-old children. Motivation was measured through observational assessments of curiosity, preference for challenge, and persistence, as well as maternal reports. There were no significant group differences on motivation tasks, but mothers of children with Down syndrome rated their children significantly lower on motivation than did parents of typically developing children. There were some intriguing group differences in the pattern of correlations among observations and parent reports. The findings challenge long-held views that individuals with intellectual disability are invariably deficient in motivation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Parents of the mentally handicapped
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Special Education and Disability
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Ability and Disability
Author:Cuskelly, M (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
ID Code:126522
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-06-15
Last Modified:2018-06-15
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