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ERIC Number: ED407466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 16
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Attitudes of White College Students toward African Americans with Disabilities in Social Situations.
Hampton, Joseph
The attitudes of white college students toward black students with disabilities were studied to determine whether having a disability would add to or negate negative attitudes white college students would have toward African Americans. Two hundred undergraduate and graduate students in educational psychology classes participated. Four conditions were compared: black, black in a wheelchair, nonrace specific, and nonrace specific in a wheelchair. The Situational Attitude Scale--Race and Disability was created to evaluate attitudes in threatening, intimate, socially conscious, and competitive social situations. The instrument uses a standard statement for each situation, changing the race and disability status within different surveys. It was hypothesized that for threatening, competitive, and socially conscious situations, having a disability would be primary and negate negative or fearful attitudes. It was hypothesized that in the intimate situation, having a disability would be additive and would compound negative attitudes. In the threatening situation, disability was found to be primary and to negate fearful attitudes. Other hypotheses were not confirmed. In the competitive situation, disability did negate the negative feelings participants felt, but the black condition was not significantly higher in any of the hypothesized comparisons. Race had no effect on the attitudes of persons toward the disabled in the intimate social situation. (Contains two tables and eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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