ERIC Number: ED474789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
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Preschoolers' Perceptions of Physical and Developmental Disabilities in Playmate Selection.
Medvin, Mandy B.; Mele, Renee M.
Research has shown that children with disabilities are often rejected by their peers and are rarely selected as playmates. The purpose of this study was to investigate preschoolers' preferences for children with physical or developmental disabilities or typically developing children in hypothetical situations. Sixty-four preschool children from western Pennsylvania participated in this study. Children were asked to rank which puppets they preferred to play with in a classroom and a playground puppet scenario. Results indicated that children without disabilities were selected most frequently in both situations. Children with a physical disability were selected over those with developmental disabilities in the classroom, while children with developmental disabilities were preferred on the playground. These findings demonstrate that preschool children consider both context and peer abilities when choosing playmates. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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