ERIC Number: ED252002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Attitude Change toward Disability through Television Portrayals with Male College Students.
Byrd, E. K.; Elliott, T. R.
Two studies were designed to assess the extent to which portrayal of disability on television programs affects attitudes toward the disabled. In study I, eighth graders who viewed an episode of a television series--an episode featuring a blind character--did not reveal significant changes in attitudes when compared to a control group, composed of eighth graders who viewed another episode of the series--an episode with no depiction of disability. It was found, however, that Ss who viewed a professional film designed to educate regarding disability did have significantly altered attitudes. In study II, college males revealed similar patterns of attitude change after viewing the educational film. It was suggested that the film was effective because it provided information that would facilitate better interaction, thus reducing anxiety in nondisabled persons. Passive participation and the subtle nature of the information provided were thought to have been factors in the lack of attitude change produced by the portrayal of disability in the television program episode. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (30th, New Orleans, LA, March 28-31, 1984). Tables referred to in this paper were not included in the document received by ERIC.