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ERIC Number: ED130186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 24
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Reference Count: 0
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Attitudes Toward the Physically Disabled.
Murray, Carol A.; And Others
The primary purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of non-disabled persons toward physically disabled persons. The degree of impairment, sex of stimulus persons, and sex of subjects were the independent variables. The subjects consisted of 120 psychology students from Kent State University, Ashtabula Regional Campus. Each subject viewed one of six videotaped conditions depicting a job interview situation in which the person being interviewed was either a male stimulus person or a female stimulus person displaying either no disability (control situation), a mild physical disability, or a severe physical disability. The findings in this study were unexpected. The results indicated a more favorable attitude toward a physically disabled person than toward a normal person. This implies that a sympathy effect is operating. The sex of the stimulus person and the sex of the subjects did not yield significant results. It can be concluded that the favorable attitude exhibited toward the stimulus persons in the present study tends to indicate that the physically disabled, when they are attempting to fulfill the expectations of the non-disabled, are met with sympathy rather than rejection. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, (San Francisco, California, August 25-29, 1975)