Anxiety, depression, and coping skills among mexican school children: A comparison of students with and without learning disabilities

Julia Gallegos, Audra Langley, Diana Villegas

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The purpose of this study was to compare severity and risk status for anxiety and depression with coping skills among 130 Mexican school children with learning disabilities (LD) and 130 school children without LD. This research is the first to explore the emotional difficulties of Mexican children with LD. Children completed the Spanish version of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale and Children's Depression Inventory, and the Cuestionario de Afrontamiento (Coping Skills Questionnaire). Results indicated that a higher percentage of children with LD were at risk for anxiety (22.3% vs. 11.5%) and depression (32% vs. 18%). No statistically significant differences were found for coping skills. Results support the idea that there is an increased awareness of comorbid depression and anxiety among students with LD and a need to promote early identification and intervention in schools. Efforts should focus on better understanding the relationship between socialemotional difficulties and academic achievement and on developing effective interventions to support children with LD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalLearning Disability Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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