ERIC Number: ED108438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Public Attitudes Toward Mentally Retarded Children. Volume 4, Number 75.
Gottlieb, Jay; Corman, Louise
Investigated were the attitudes of 430 adults toward mentally retarded children. In addition to providing information on demographic characteristics, definition of retardation and degree of contact with retarded people, the Ss rated 48 attitudinal statements pertaining to retarded children. Factor analysis of questionnaire responses revealed four underlying attitude factors: positive stereotype, segregation in the community, segregation in the classroom, and perceived physical and intellectual handicap. Older Ss, parents of school aged children, and Ss with no previous contact with a retarded person tended to favor segregation of retarded children in the community. Results suggested that attitudes of these groups must be addressed if the retarded are to be successfully integrated into society. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Inst. for Educational Problems, Cambridge, MA.