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ERIC Number: ED263704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Euthanasia, Selective Abortion and Educability: A Survey of the Literature and the TASH Membership.
Brown, Fredda
The study explored what sources were responsible for exposing professionals to issues of euthanasia of handicapped infants, selective abortion of severely handicapped fetuses and the educability of profoundly retarded persons, and what sources professionals thought were most appropriate for the dissemination of information. The study consisted of two parts: (1) a review of four journals to examine coverage of the issues, and (2) a survey administered to The Association for the Severely Handicapped (TASH) membership to examine members' perceptions on the coverage of the issues and TASH's role in the issues. The review of the journals resulted in a total of 23 issue articles in 10 years. The survey suggested that the mass media was providing most of the information on euthanasia and selective abortion, while professional journals provide the most coverage of the educability issue. Respondents (N=90) saw a general need for more coverage on all of the issues. Data also suggest that selective abortion is the least agreed upon issue among respondents; there was a fairly equal split between those who thought that TASH should take a strong position on the issue and those who thought that TASH should avoid taking a position. References, tables, and the survey instrument are appended. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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