ERIC Number: ED246564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Social Interaction between Physically Disabled and Non-Disabled College Students.
Fichten, Catherine S.; Bourdon, Claudia V.
Three studies were conducted to examine variables that facilitate or hamper interaction between disabled and able-bodied college students. In study 1, 100 able-bodied Ss completed two adjective checklists identifying socially desirable and undesirable characteristics; a second group of 94 abled-bodied Ss were tested using another set of traits. Disabled students were characterized as aloof, introverted, lazy, submissive, ingenuous, and unassuming. Questionnaires completed by 24 disabled and 45 able-bodied students in study 2 revealed that disabled students tended to be older than the average college student and that they had many more able-bodied than disabled friends. Disabled and able-bodied students agreed on appropriate behaviors. The third study examined a measure of self-efficacy in interacting socially with physically disabled students. The measure was found to have internal consistency but only discriminant and concurrent validity for females. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, June, 1983). The research was funded by a grant from FCAC (ACSAIR Program). Tables may not reproduce.