ERIC Number: ED191235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Attitudes Toward Mentally Retarded Persons: The Social Perspectives Scale. Volume 16.
Phillips, Jerri Linn; Balthazar, Earl E.
The document reports on a study of 158 respondents to validate the Social Perspectives Scale (SPS), an instrument to measure the underlying dimensions, or perspectives, which people apply to mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. The perspectives measured by the SPS can be grouped into three categories: characteristics attributed to the target group, including competency, emotional health, and affect; feelings about the target group, including social distance and degree of distaste; and perceived prognosis for the target group, including prevention expectations, medical expectations, and habilitation expectations. Results are discussed in terms of the use of the sum of all eight perspective raw scores as univariate measures of attitudes toward the retarded, the utility of making distinctions among the eight perspectives, differential responses according to selected respondent characteristics, different response patterns by target, and an overall evaluation of the SPS. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Madison.