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ERIC Number: EJ902259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0342-5282
Adolescents' Attitudes toward Wheelchair Users: A Provincial Survey
Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Kelly P.
International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, v33 n3 p261-263 Sep 2010
The study aims were to examine (i) adolescents' attitudes towards family members who use a wheelchair in relation to other health problems and conditions, and (ii) the association between perceived wheelchair stigma and socio-demographic factors. Data were based on surveys from 2790 seventh to 12th grade students derived from the 2007 cycle of the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey. Stigmatized attitudes towards a family member who required the use of a wheelchair (5.5%) were lower than those attitudes towards a family member who was addicted to drugs (68.3%), alcohol (54.9%), or gambling (53.7%), or who had mental illness (25.9%), and similar to those attitudes for a family member with asthma (2.2%). Grade level was the only significant negative correlate of the perceived wheelchair stigma. The perceived wheelchair stigma among the adolescents may not be a significant barrier towards community integration for wheelchair users.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada