Abstract

There is a paucity of research on the frequency, intensity, and content of fears experienced by Hispanic (or Latino) American youth with mental retardation. We assessed fears experienced by 48 Hispanic youth with mental retardation (ages 10 to 21 years) using the Fear Survey for Children With and Without Mental Retardation. Although differences were found in the content of fears across age and gender groups, the number and intensity of fears did not differ. Promising evidence of the validity of this survey instrument was attained by its significant correlations with the Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale. Implications for future research were discussed.

We thank the University of Texas at Austin Research Institute for support and resources provided; Freddy A. Paniagua of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for assistance and guidance; Leticia Esparza, Lilia Cantu, Maida Rodriguez, Carmen Flores, and Midge Guerrero for translation of the measures used; and Neyra Feliciano and Melissa Garza for assistance with data collection. Special thanks are extended to the participating students and the cooperating school administrators, including Mimmie Zamora (Brownsville Independent School District), Trish Early (Deer Park Independent School District), Nancy Young and Samuel Hughes (Houston Independent School District), and Joseph Ellert and Cathy La Grange (Rio Grande City Consolidated School District).

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