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ERIC Number: EJ966319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0889-7018
Threat and Visibility Impact of Disabilities and Other Conditions on Social Distance Preferences
Toriello, Paul J.; Leierer, Stephen J.; Sheaffer, Beverly L.; Cubero, Christopher G.
Rehabilitation Education, v21 n3 p159-168 2007
One-hundred and two graduate level, allied health students' preferences for social distance from persons with various conditions were surveyed. Based on previous research, we hypothesized that participants' preferred social distance from various conditions would reveal a significant interaction between perceived threat (i.e., threatening vs. non-threatening) and visibility (i.e., obvious vs. hidden) status of each condition. Results from a repeated-measures ANOVA showed support for an interaction in that (a) participants preferred the most social distance from persons with threatening conditions regardless if the conditions were obvious or hidden, and (b) the amount of social distance preferred from non-threatening conditions was significantly moderated by the conditions being obvious or hidden. Also, a one-way ANOVA revealed rehabilitation counseling students preferred significantly less social distance from persons with various conditions than communication sciences and disorders students and physical therapy students. Implications of these results for rehabilitation research, practice, and education are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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