This study was a dissertation research project completed in 2015 by Linsey M. Silverstein, Psy.D. as part of her doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego.
Purpose of the Study
The study examined:
The difficulties that parents of children with learning disabilities/differences (LD) face
Intervention needs of these parents that could be addressed with a group intervention
Parent opinions about group interventions
The first phase of the study was a nationwide online survey of 350 parents of children with LD that gathered both quantitative and qualitative data on parent perceptions of the difficulties faced, intervention needs, and opinions about groups interventions (i.e. level of interest in groups, group preferences, concerns about groups, and alternatives to groups).
The second phase of the study consisted of 10 individual interviews with mothers who had already completed the survey that collected richer qualitative data in the form of personal narratives.
The participants in the study comprised 340 mothers and 10 fathers with LD children from 2 to 57 years (87% between 6 and 17).
Unfortunately, few minorities responded: 93% of parents were white.