ERIC Number: ED213161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Structure of Disability Perception.
Northcraft, Gregory B.
One of the biggest barriers to a handicapped individual's coping with his or her disability may be reactions of the public. The present study addressed the problem of public reactions to disability by examining the cognitive perceptual structures which underlie attitudes toward the disabled. Thirty-eight different disability types (plus two nondisability reference items) were included in an analysis utilizing a nondirect technique (similarity categorization) with 45 undergraduates to derive a cognitive map of disability perception. The analysis yielded six distinct clusters: self caused problems, mental dysfunctions, essentially "normal" problems, permanent functional impairments, internal disorders, and sensory defects. (Author)
Gregory B. Northcraft, Department of Psychology, Stanford, CA 94305.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Stanford Univ., CA. Boys Town Center for the Study of Youth Development.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference (1980).