Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliot, Nathan


Anxiety affects school achievement and is common in nearly every disability category treated by Special Education programs. This review of literature summarizes existing research on the prevalence of anxiety disorders in students in varying disability categories, looks at the evidence of anxiety manifestations and its effects on the classroom and reports on treatments used in the school environment. Some conclusions are made about productive interventions for anxiety disorders based on past research. Although not all studies pertain specifically to special education students it is recognized that some of the information regarding anxiety as it applies to the general population is appropriate. It is also recognized that, although widespread, anxiety has not been studied in depth in the field of special education programming, this is recognized as an area for possible future studies. Comments are made in conclusion as to how these findings apply to special education as a field and opportunities for furthering this research is discussed.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis