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ERIC Number: EJ900079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Adolescent Attitudes toward Disabilities: What Every School Counselor Needs to Know
DeLambo, David A.; Chandras, Kananur V.; Homa, Debra; Chandras, Sunil V.
Georgia School Counselors Association Journal, v14 p30-38 Fall 2007
This study examined high school attitudes toward persons with physical and mental disabilities using a social distance scale. Results indicated that physical disabilities (e.g., ulcer, stomach disorder, heart disease, visual impairment, hearing impairment, spinal cord injure) were rated as most accepted (excluding HIV/AIDS) and mental disabilities (e.g., chemical dependency, schizophrenia, depression, alcoholism, behavior disorder, mental retardation) were the least accepted. That is, more social distance was placed between the participant and the disability group. These findings were similar to other studies. As diversity awareness continues to drive the counseling arena, it seems vital that attitudes toward disabilities be addressed. Implications of these results as well as techniques to modify student attitudes toward disability are reviewed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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