ERIC Number: ED264622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Ablebodied and Disablebodied Persons' Communication: The Disabled Person's Perspective.
Braithwaite, Dawn Ohlendorf; And Others
To determine whether or not disabled persons see communication between themselves and able-bodied persons as different from communication with other disabled persons, telephone interviews were conducted with 27 orthopedically disabled persons. Aside from answering demographic questions, subjects were asked questions regarding when the subject would disclose information about the disability, the reasons for disclosing, and the reasons for not disclosing information about the disability. They were also asked to assess able-bodied and disabled person's communication with them. The telephone interviews lasted approximately 25 minutes, with subjects being given additional time to ask questions or add information if they so desired. A factor analysis of the data revealed that persons with disabilities perceive communication with able-bodied persons as being different from communication with other disabled persons. Disabled persons assess the rewards and costs of the disclosure, the relational importance of the other person, their own comfort, and the other person's comfort in deciding whether to talk about their disabilities. A bibliography and tables are appended. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Seattle, WA, February 18-21, 1984).