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ERIC Number: ED554846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 158
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3032-1854-5
An Analysis of Chinese High School Students' Attitudes toward Persons with Disabilities
Yu, Zhang
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Union University
Disabilities and negative attitudes toward individuals with disabilities permeate human history, from ancient Greece to modern society. The study of attitude toward disabilities, mostly in western countries, has provided information for the development of policy concerning the rights of individuals with disabilities. Complying with international laws, the Chinese government has developed similar policies to protect the rights and benefits of persons with disabilities. Chinese culture has maintained at best a mixed response toward disabilities dating back from the era when Confucius ideology ruled the society. Chinese find raising children with disabilities and associating with individuals with disabilities challenging. The invisibility of disabilities in Chinese society reflects a pervasive avoidance. The Chinese collectivistic culture is particularly less accommodating with respect to accessibility to education for individuals with disabilities. This study examined attitudes of Chinese high school aged students toward persons with disabilities. Attitude Toward Disabled Persons (ATDP) Scale was translated into Chinese and tested for reliability. ATDP Form B was administrated to examine attitudes of high school aged students, both with and without disabilities, toward individuals with disabilities in China. Descriptive analysis revealed that a substantial percentage of participating students have positive attitudes toward people with disabilities and ANOVA revealed there is no significant difference in attitudes toward persons with disabilities between students with and without disabilities. Gender was found significant with respect to attitudes toward persons with disabilities; specifically, male students have more positive attitudes toward persons with disabilities than female students; and there is a significant difference in attitudes between male students without disabilities and their female peers without disabilities. Regression analysis yielded no significant findings related to variables that could explain attitudes. The study provides some insights regarding how persons with and without disabilities view persons with disabilities, their roles in the society, their abilities, their life, and their future compared to persons without disabilities. Respondents with and without disabilities varied substantially regarding how society should treat persons with disabilities. These differences indicate a strong need for accommodation, understanding, and attention felt by those with disabilities. Implications of the findings for education and further study are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China