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ERIC Number: ED175168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Perceived Similarity of the Disabled: A Function of Degree on Contact.
Weinberg, Nancy
The effects of a naturally occurring situation on perceived similarity of physically disabled students were investigated with 466 able bodied university students. Within each of three samples (segregated dormitory, integrated dormitory, and integrated roommate), half of the individuals were randomly selected to rate a same-sex able bodied person on a person description questionnaire and the other half were to rate a same-sex disabled person on the same questionnaire. A principle component factor analysis revealed eight factors (interactive, happiness, goodness, self control, dependence, political attitudes, sensitivity, and courageous factors) and pointed out items on which the disabled were seen as significantly different from the able bodied. Findings suggested two conclusions: that as contact between able bodied and disabled is intensified, the stereotype of the disabled diminishes; and that, as contact increases, perceived similarity increases. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented as part of a symposium on Critical Dimensions of Interaction Between Able-bodied and Disabled at the National Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Canada, August, 1978)