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ERIC Number: EJ771421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1183-322X
Understanding Children's Perceptions of Intellectual and Physical Disabilities: Attitudes, Knowledge, and Social Cognition
Nowicki, Elizabeth A.
Exceptionality Education Canada, v15 n3 p21-39 2005
Past studies have identified a number of variables associated with children's perceptions of peers with or without disabilities, but tend to focus on few variables concurrently. Associations between multiple variables have not been explored in a comprehensive manner within one study. Thus, a principal components analysis was used to explore the associations between type of disability, social-cognitive development, knowledge about intellectual and physical disabilities, gender, and the cognitive, affective and behavioral aspects of attitudes towards children with intellectual and physical disabilities. Results provided a meaningful pattern of associations. Six components emerged delineating affective and behavioral components of attitudes from the cognitive component, separating attitudes towards children with intellectual disabilities from attitudes towards children without intellectual disabilities, and isolating gender from the other variables. Results indicate that multivariate designs can provide informative overviews of the complex nature of children's perceptions of peers with or without disabilities. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
Exceptionality Education Canada. University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology, 6-102 Education North, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-0800; Fax: 780-492-1318; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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