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Effects of an awareness program on attitudes of students without an intellectual disability towards persons with an intellectual disability

Effects of an awareness program on attitudes of students without an intellectual disability... AbstractBackground We tested whether social and educational integration combined with training in awareness of disability for secondary school students resulted in more positive, long‐lasting attitudes about educational and social inclusion of people with an intellectual disability.Method Attitudes of 259 participants (116 males, 143 females) were assessed by questionnaire. Effects of awareness of disability programs (ADPs) were tested by comparing attitudes of current secondary school students participating in a 3‐session or 8‐session ADP (n = 67) and past students who had participated in a 10‐session ADP 8 years prior to the present study (n = 46), with same‐age controls without training (n = 146).Results Students completing 8‐session ADPs reported more favourable attitudes than students in the 3‐session ADP and peers without training. Past students' attitudes were also highly positive, compared with same‐age controls without training.Conclusions ADP programs can promote positive attitudes towards people with an intellectual disability. Such training may have long‐term benefits. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Taylor & Francis

Effects of an awareness program on attitudes of students without an intellectual disability towards persons with an intellectual disability

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2007 Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability Inc.
ISSN
1469-9532
eISSN
1366-8250
DOI
10.1080/13668250701194042
pmid
17365364
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Abstract

AbstractBackground We tested whether social and educational integration combined with training in awareness of disability for secondary school students resulted in more positive, long‐lasting attitudes about educational and social inclusion of people with an intellectual disability.Method Attitudes of 259 participants (116 males, 143 females) were assessed by questionnaire. Effects of awareness of disability programs (ADPs) were tested by comparing attitudes of current secondary school students participating in a 3‐session or 8‐session ADP (n = 67) and past students who had participated in a 10‐session ADP 8 years prior to the present study (n = 46), with same‐age controls without training (n = 146).Results Students completing 8‐session ADPs reported more favourable attitudes than students in the 3‐session ADP and peers without training. Past students' attitudes were also highly positive, compared with same‐age controls without training.Conclusions ADP programs can promote positive attitudes towards people with an intellectual disability. Such training may have long‐term benefits.

Journal

Journal of Intellectual and Developmental DisabilityTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2007

Keywords: Attitudes; awareness program; intellectual disability

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