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The relationship between adolescents’ attitudes and behaviour toward adults with an intellectual disability: Do they do what they say?

Grove, R; (2016) The relationship between adolescents’ attitudes and behaviour toward adults with an intellectual disability: Do they do what they say? Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis examines the relationship between attitudes and behaviour towards people with intellectual disabilities. There is reason to believe that there is a difference between what people report they will do and what they actually do when it comes to discriminated against groups such as this one. Part one is a literature review of studies that have investigated the relationship between attitudes and behaviour towards people with intellectual disabilities. The review finds nine studies that measured attitudes and behaviour of adults and children towards this group and results suggest that there is a variable relationship between attitudes and behaviour, with them cohering at times but differing in other cases. The few studies found did not provide enough information to draw out a conclusion, and so further studies investigating this relationship should be conducted. Part two is an empirical paper investigating the explicit and implicit attitudes of adolescents towards people with intellectual disabilities and how these attitudes relate to behaviour. This study is the first one to date that uses a paper-based implicit attitude measure on this population, and the first to attempt to measure actual behaviour at the same time. The results suggest that further studies of this nature, with adaptions to the design of the study, should be conducted as it is possible to measure actual behaviour and explore the complex interaction between behaviour and explicit and implicit attitudes. Part three is a critical review of this thesis that deals with some reflections on the process of conducting the research and some of the difficulties faced, and improvements that could be made.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The relationship between adolescents’ attitudes and behaviour toward adults with an intellectual disability: Do they do what they say?
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1520994
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