Perceptions of Disabilities

Kinlicheene, Bryanna and Nemiec, Heather and Fred, Melissa and Wolfe, Libby and Templeton , Dr. Janice (2013) Perceptions of Disabilities. [Abstract]

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Participants (N=76) were given one of three scenarios where they were approaching a person waiting at the same bus stop as them. The person they approached was either an able-bodied person, a person with a mental disability, or a person with a physical disability. They were then asked to answer a series of 5 questions about their perceptions of that person on 1 to 10 scale. Each scenario contained the same questions about perception. A One-Way ANOVA test suggested that individuals were more likely to sit by someone with a physical disability than a mental disability (M=2.84, SD= 2.06) p=.000. Participants were also more likely to converse with an individual with a physical disability than a mental disability (M=3.48, SD=1.83), p=.000. Also, participants were more likely to offer assistance to a person with a physical disability than a mental disability (M=8.35, SD=1.50), p=.000. Participants perceived people with a physical disability as having a higher intellectual ability than people with a mental disability (M=6.95, SD=1.43), p=.013. There was no significant difference of perceptions of productivity in society between the physical disability and the mental disability (M=5.60, SD=2.04), p=.369. Overall, the results provided evidence that people in general have a more negative perceptions towards individuals with a mental disability that with a physical disability.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 8th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disability, Psychology, Descriptive Statistics, Attitudes, Intellectual disability, Physical disability
Subjects: NBS Symposium
Interdisciplinary > Pre-Health
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Public Health
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 13:40
Last Modified: 07 May 2013 13:40

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