ERIC Number: ED050393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Emotional Role Playing, Attitude Change, and Attraction Toward a Disabled Person.
Clore, Gerald L.; Jeffery, Katherine McMillan
The effects of emotional role playing on interpersonal attitudes toward the disabled are explored. Three treatment groups (role players, vicarious role players, and controls) were involved. Role playing consisted of traveling about the campus in a wheel chair for an hour. Results indicated that, compared to the control experience, both direct and vicarious emotional role-playing led to more positive responses: (1) to a specific disabled person; (2) to a series of issues concerning disabled students in general; and (3) to a disguised attitudinal measure given by telephone four months later. The concept of empathy appeared more adequate than dissonance for understanding the results. The potential of role playing and vicarious experience for increasing tolerance and social maturity is considered. (Author/TL)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Behavior Change, Disabilities, Interpersonal Relationship, Physical Disabilities, Role Perception, Role Playing, Social Attitudes, Social Bias
Gerald Clore, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign.
Note: Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention in Detroit, Michigan, May 6-8, 1971