ERIC Number: ED220762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Male and Female University Students toward Students with Different Physical Disabilities. Research Report No. 10-81.
Stovall, Carole; Sedlacek, William E.
Physical impediments are not the only possible obstacles for handicapped students; they also must deal with the attitudes of their fellow students. To assess the attitudes of college students toward physically disabled students, 224 undergraduates completed the Situational Attitude Scale-Handicapped (SAS-H). Results showed that, in general, students had negative attitudes toward people who were blind or in wheelchairs in situations where close personal contact was required, such as dating or marriage, but were more neutral or positive in less intimate situations such as employment or receiving help in a library. Students were more comfortable having close personal contact with students in a wheelchair than with blind students in academic situations, such as receiving help with classwork. The findings suggest that prejudice toward and stereotypes of disabled persons can be reduced by recognizing that potential differences in reactions by situation and disability exist. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
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