Attitudes of Management Undergraduates Toward Persons With Disabilities: A Need for Change

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ABSTRACT.Objective:To examine attitudes toward persons with disabilities of management undergraduates who will be the next generation of professionals and managers hiring and working with employees or clients with disabilities.Participants:A convenience sample of 231 volunteer management undergraduates (129 men and 102 women) ranging in age from 19 to 51 years (M = 22.89, SD = 4.43) from 7 human resource management and organizational behavior management classes in a small western Canadian university.Main Outcome Measures:L. Gething's (1991) Interaction With Disabled Persons Scale (IDP) along with open-ended questions and the Marlowe–Crowne Social Desirability Scale (D. P. Crowne & D. Marlowe, 1960).Results:This Canadian sample expressed a complex set of positive and negative attitudes toward persons with disabilities.Conclusions:There is a need to sensitize management undergraduates to issues regarding employment of people with disabilities. Recommendations are presented.

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