Perception of Disability Labels: Effect of Attitude and Stimulus Presentation


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Abstract

ABSTRACT.A study was performed to determine how attitudes toward persons with disabilities influenced perception of disability labels. Two levels of attitude and two methods of stimulus presentation were investigated in a 2 X 2 factorial design. Perception of disability labels was analyzed by multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis. Results suggested an interaction between attitude and type of disability label. High attitude subjects generated a preceptual space different from low attitude subjects when the disability labels were specific. When the disability labels were general, the perceptual space generated between the two attitude conditions was similar.

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