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Two approaches to seeing people with disabilities

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This study tests the theory that attitudes towards people with disabilities can be divided into two types: attitudes at a societal level and attitudes at a personal level. The implications suggest that it would be fruitful to improve attitudes at a societal level through media campaigns. Fostering acceptance at a personal level should be through personal contact. An outcome of the study showed that positive prejudice - evaluating a person with a disability more highly than a non disabled person - can, in its extreme form, lead to dauntingly high expectations which cause 'failure' which in turn engenders negative attitudes. Keyword: Attitudes

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Author
Leonard, Rosemary Crawford, June
Source
Australian Journal of Social Issues Volume 24 Number 2
Publisher
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Publication Date
1 May 1989
Category
Professionals
Keywords
Attitudes
Origin
Australia

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