Attitudes toward Disabled Persons as a Function of Social Context and Specific Disability

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The main purpose of this study was to test a hypothesis that situational context affects attitudes toward disabled persons. A total of 191 nondisabled adult subjects completed the Disability Social Relationship Scale, a newly developed instrument that includes social situation subscales of Work, Dating, and Marriage, and disability subscales of Amputee, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, and Blind. As hypothesized, the results yielded significant differences across social situations and among specific disabilities, as well as a significant interaction between social situation and disability. These data are discussed.

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