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Public Attitudes Toward People With Intellectual Disabilities: A Cross-Cultural Study

Scior, K; Kan, KY; McLoughlin, A; Sheridan, J; (2010) Public Attitudes Toward People With Intellectual Disabilities: A Cross-Cultural Study. INTELLECT DEV DISAB , 48 (4) 278 - 289. 10.1352/1934-9556-48.4.278.

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Abstract

This study investigated attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities among the general Hong Kong Chinese population and compared these to a White British sample, using the Community Living Attitudes Scale Mental Retardation form (CLAS-MR; D. Henry, C. Keys, F. Balcazar, & D. Jopp, 1996). As predicted, attitudes among the Hong Kong Chinese public (n = 149) were less favorable than the British sample (n = 135). The former were less opposed to the exclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, less likely to view them as similar to themselves and more in favor of sheltering such individuals. Of all demographic variables examined, ethnicity was the strongest predictor of attitudes, although it only accounted for a small part of the variance in attitudes. The results are discussed in terms of policy implementation and additional research.

Type: Article
Title: Public Attitudes Toward People With Intellectual Disabilities: A Cross-Cultural Study
DOI: 10.1352/1934-9556-48.4.278
Keywords: HONG-KONG CHINESE, INTERGROUP CONTACT, MENTAL-RETARDATION, COMMUNITY, STUDENTS, ILLNESS, STAFF
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/168145
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