Children's Self-Perceptions of Their Social Functioning and the Quality of Their Interpersonal Relations: Evaluating Differences Between Adolescents With Disabilities and Their Nondisabled Peers

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

William D. Carlyon

Advisor Department



The self-perceptions of adolescents with behavior disorders (BD), learning disabilities (LD), and their nonreferred peers were compared with regard to their social skills as measured by the Social Skills Rating Scale-Student Form (SSRS-S), and the quality of their interpersonal relationships as measured by the Assessment of Interpersonal Relations (AIR). Overall, results suggested that differences do exist in self-perception between certain categories of adolescents and not others with regard to their social skills and the quality of their interpersonal relationships. Adolescents with behavior disorders perceived themselves to have fewer social skills and lower quality relationships when compared to the other two subject groups. There was no difference in perception between the LD and nonreferred subject groups, who perceived themselves to have more social skills and better quality relationships. In light of these findings, the importance, implications, and future research needs are discussed.