Perception of Maternal Behavior by Normal and Handicapped Children

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Abstract

Normal, minimally brain damaged, and wheelchair bound adolescents reported on how they perceived their mother's behavior. The reports of the wheelchair bound children were found to be similar to those of normals. However, the minimally brain damaged perceived maternal behavior as significantly more controlling and less accepting than either the normal or wheelchair bound groups. The question whether the difference between the minimally brain damaged and wheelchair group was a result of actual differences in maternal behavior or of differences in perceptual sensitivity were discussed as alternate interpretations of the findings.

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