ERIC Number: ED037750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
Guttman Facet Theory Analysis of Attitudes Toward Mental Illness, Mental Retardation, and Racial Interaction.
Jordan, John E.; Maierle, J. Paul
This paper deals with the technical development of an attitude-scale technique and with some of the substantive results obtained using this technique. The first section describes the methodological research and the most recent version of the attitude toward mental illness scale. A total of six new types of attitude items were generated from Guttman facet-design principles and were hypothesized to have specific ordered relationships with six types of items from which simplex approximations had already been generated. Kaiser's recently proposed index was used to evaluate simplex approximations generated from randomly phrased and randomly ordered attitude items within a new hypothesized system. An original systematic extension and evaluation of Guttman facet-design principles indicated the usefulness of those principles and suggested a theory underlying the observed relationship among varying perceptions of self, of others, of values, of feelings, and of acts. The scale of the Attitude Behavior Scale-Emotionally Disturbed Persons was revised and is in experimental form. The second section of the paper briefly summarizes research in three areas: 1) attitudes toward mental retardation; 2) attitudes toward racial interaction; and 3) attitudes toward mental illness and/or emotional disturbance. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.; Washington State Univ., Pullman.
Note: Presented at World Mental Health Assembly, Washington, D.C. November 17-21, 1969