Factors relating to the academic attainments of children with Down's syndrome

Patricia Sloper, Cliff C. Cunningham, Stephen Turner, Christina Knussen

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The attainments in reading, number and writing skills, of 117 children with Down's syndrome, aged 6 to 14 years, were assessed using checklists completed by teachers. In a study of child and family functioning a wide range of variables was measured and the relationships of these to academic attainments were investigated using multivariable analysis. The children's mental age scores were most strongly related to academic attainments scores, but, in addition, type of school attended, gender, chronological age and fathers' scores on a measure of locus of control were significantly related. The results are discussed in terms of their implications for educational placement and curriculum, and the role of fathers in their children's education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-298
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1991


  • Down's syndrome
  • education
  • academic achievement
  • children
  • checklists


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