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ERIC Number: ED253988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Undergraduate Attitudes towards the Developmentally Disabled: Impact of Volunteering.
Fox, Robert A.; And Others
Thirty-three undergraduate students volunteered for a minimum of 20 hours in agencies serving the developmentally disabled (DD) as part of the requirements for a course on exceptional children; 10 additional students chose to complete a paper. A 40-item questionnaire pertaining to attitudes towards the DD population was administered prior to and following the volunteer experience. Significant attitudinal changes in a negative direction were found in both groups indicating a more realistic perspective towards the DD population. Students were strongly in favor of integrating the DD individual in the community but were more mixed regarding the same issue in the schools. Students overwhelmingly supported including a volunteer experience as part of a course on exceptionality. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984). Document will not reproduce clearly.