Attitudes of University Students towards People with Disabilities in the Social Context: A Preliminary Study

  • Azzahrah Anuar
  • Nor Mazlina Ghazali

Abstract

The article highlights on the previous literature on the attitudes of college or university students towards people with disabilities in the social context globally. The article also includes factors that influence the willingness of college or university students to build relationship with people with disabilities in the social context (such as friendship, dating, and marriage) and perceptions of students that add to the existing challenges encountered by people with disabilities. When perception is being measured in a more specific dimension, such as, in the social distance context, it provides a practical means to understand people’s awareness towards disability.

Keywords: university student attitude; people with disabilities; social context

References

Anuar, A. (2013). Attitudes of college students toward people with disabilities in various social contexts

(Doctoral dissertation). (UMI No. 3587952).

Antonak, R. F. (1981). Prediction of attitudes towards disabled persons: a multivariate analysis. Journal General Psychology, 789-884.

Asch, A., & Fine, M. (1988). Introduction: Beyond pedestais. In M. Fine, & A. Asch (Eds.), Women with disabilities: Essays in psychology, culture, and politics. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Brockelman, K. F., Olney, M. F., & Williams, S. S. (2002). Social distance in response to psychiatric labels.

International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 25, 253-259.

Chen, R. K., Brodwin, M. G., Cardosa, E., & Chan, F. (2002). Attitudes toward people with disabilities in the social context of dating and marriage: A comparison of American, Taiwanese, and Singaporean college students. Journal of Rehabilitation, 68(4), 5-11.

Deal, M. (2003). Disabled people’s attitudes toward other impairment groups: A hierarchy of impairments. Disability and Society, 18(7), 897-910.

DeLoach, C. (1994). Attitudes toward disability: Impact on sexual development and forging of intimate relationships. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 25, 18-25.

Fitcten, C. S., Robillard, K., Judd, D., & Amsel, R. (1989). College students with a physical disability: Myths

and realities. Rehabilitation Psychology, 34(4), 243-257.

Fitcten, C. S., Goodrick, G., Amsel, R., & McKenzie, S. W. (1991). Reactions toward dating peers with visual impairments. Rehabilitation Psychology, 36(3), 163-178.

Gill, C. J. (1996). Dating and relationship issues. Sexuality and Disability, 14, 183-191.

Goldstein, S. B., & Johnson, V. A. (1997). Stigma by association: Perceptions of the dating partners of college students with physical disabilities. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 19(4), 495-504.

Gordon, P. A., Chariboga-Tantillo, J., Feldman, D., & Perrone, K. (2004). Attitudes regarding interpersonal

relationships with mental illness and mental retardation. Journal of Rehabilitation, 70(1), 50-56.

Gordon, E. D., Minnes, P. M., & Holden, R. R. (1990). The structure of attitudes toward persons with a disability, when specific disability and context are considered. Rehabilitation Psychology, 35, 87-89.

Grand, S. A., Bernier, J. E., & Strohmer, D. C. (1982). Attitudes toward disabled persons as a function of social context and specific disability. Rehabilitation Psychology, 27(3), 165-173.

Hamdy, N. N., Auter, P. J., Humphrey, V. F., & Attia, A. (2011). A cultural perspective: A survey of U.S. and

Egyptian students regarding their perceptions of people with 90 disabilities. International Journal of

Humanities and Social Science, 1 (5), 83-93.

Hergenrather, K., & Rhodes, S. (2007). Exploring undergraduate student attitudes toward persons with disabilities: application of the disability social relationship scale. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin,

(2), 66-75.

Karnilowicz, W., Sparrow, W., & Shinkfield, A. (1994). High school students’ attitudes toward performing social behaviors with mentally retarded and physically disabled peers. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 9, 65-80.

Miller, E., Chen, R., Glover-Graf, N.M., & Kranz, P. (2009). Willingness to engage in personal relationships

with persons with disabilities: Examining category and severity of disability. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 52, 211-224.

Olkin, R. (1999). What psychotherapists should know about disability. New York: Guilford Press.

Rojahn, J., Komelasky, K. G., & Man, M. (2008). Implicit attitudes and explicit ratings of romantic attraction

of college students toward opposite sex peers with physical disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disability, 20, 389-397.

Rosenthal, D. A., Chan, F., & Livneh, H. (2006). Rehabilitation students’ attitudes toward persons with disabilities in high and low stakes social contexts: A conjoint analysis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 28(24),

-1527.

Rubin, S. E., & Roessler, R. (2008). Foundations of the vocational rehabilitation process (6th ed.). Austin,

TX: PRO-ED.

Saetermoe, C. L., Scattone, D., & Kim, K. H. (2001). Ethnicity and the stigma of disabilities. Psychology and Health, 16(6), 699-713. Shakespeare, T. W. (1999). Losing the plot? Discourses on genetics and disability. Sociology of Health and Illness, 21(5), 669-688.

Siller, J. (1964). Personality detriments: A reaction to the physically disabled. American Foundation Research

Bulletin, 66(7), 37-52.

Stovall, C., & Sedlacek, W. (1983). Attitudes of male and female university

students toward students with different physical disabilities. College Student Personnel, 26, 325-330.

Strohmer, D. C., Grand, S. A., & Purcell, M. J. (1984). Attitudes toward persons with a disability: An examination of demographic factors, social context, and specific disability. Rehabilitation Psychology, 29(3),

-145.

Tepper, M. S. (1999). Letting go of restrictive notions of manhood: Male

sexuality, disability and chronic illness. Sexuality and Disability, 17(1), 37-52.

Tervo, R. C., Palmer, G., & Redinius, P. (2004). Health professional student

attitudes towards people with disability. Clinical Rehabilitation, 18,

-915.

Wahl, O., & Aroesty-Cohen, E. (2010). Attitudes of mental health professionals about mental illness: A review

of the recent literature. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(1), 49- 62.

Wang, M.-H., Thomas, K.R., Chan, F., & Cheing, G. (2003). A conjoint analysis of factors influencing American and Taiwanese college students’ preferences for people with disabilities. Rehabilitation Psychology, 48(3), 195-201.

Wong, D., Chan, F., Cardoso, E., Lam, C., Miller, S. (2004). Rehabilitation counseling students’ attitudes toward people with disabilities in three social contexts: A conjoint analysis. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 47(4), 194-204.

Published
2015-09-01
How to Cite
Anuar, A., & Ghazali, N. M. (2015). Attitudes of University Students towards People with Disabilities in the Social Context: A Preliminary Study. Journal of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, 1(1), 82-89. https://doi.org/10.33736/jcshd.190.2015