Evaluating Acquiescence to Yes–No Questions in Fear Assessment of Children With and Without Mental Retardation

  • Sylvia Z. Ramirez


The study examined the acquiescence response set (ARS) to yes–no questions in fear survey assessment of 75 children with mental retardation (ages 10–13 years) and 240 children without mental retardation (ages 6–13 years). The items used to assess the ARS were 10 stimuli, as part of a fear survey, with design features that are consistent with ARS assessment recommendations made by Finlay, W. M. L., and Lyons, E. (2002, Mental Retardation 40:14–29). In contrast to findings of seminal ARS studies by Sigelman and colleagues, the main finding was that there were no significant cognitive group differences in ARS scores. Additionally, for children with mental retardation, there was no significant relationship between IQ and ARS scores (r = −.16).Implications of the study are discussed.

Key Words

acquiescence mental retardation fear assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Texas–Pan AmericanEdinburgUSA

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