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Type: Journal article
Title: Effects of short-term disability awareness training on attitudes of adolescent schoolboys toward persons with a disability
Author: Moore, D.
Nettelbeck, T.
Citation: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 2013; 38(3):223-231
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1366-8250
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Danielle Moore & Ted Nettelbeck
Abstract: Background: Schoolboys (N = 156, M age = 13 years) participated in a disability awareness training program that included guest speakers (athletes from the Paralympics and the Special Olympics), a documentary about people with a disability, a disability simulation activity, and factual information about different disabilities. Method: Participants were allocated to a training program or a control condition. Subsequently, control participants completed the training program. Attitudes toward disability were measured by the Chedoke–McMaster Attitudes Towards Children With Handicaps (CATCH) Scale and the scale from the “Just Like You” disability awareness intervention, before and after training. Results: Training improved attitude scores, and gains were retained at one-month follow-up. Conclusions: Disability awareness training that delivered relevant information by involving guest speakers with a disability, included documentary evidence about the lives of people with a disability, and included interactive discussion, was successful. CATCH and “Just Like You” are useful tools for measuring self-reported attitudes about disability.
Keywords: disability; adolescents; attitudes
Rights: © 2013 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability, Inc.
RMID: 0020131503
DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2013.790532
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