Hiring the Disabled in Hospital Settings: The Behavioral Intentions of Rehabilitation Counselors and Health Professionals

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An assessment was made of the behavioral intentions of both rehabilitation counselors and health professionals to accept disabled persons for various hospital occupations. It was found that both groups view the cerebral palsied as less suitable for jobs in this setting than those confined to a wheelchair or double amputees. Moreover, both groups judged those jobs with high physical demands to be less suitable for all three disability groups. Health professionals indicated that they would be less likely to hire the cerebral palsied for jobs requiring a high degree of training. Neither the amount of travel nor the amount of public contact required by the hospital jobs influenced the behavioral intention statements of either subject group.

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