Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the attitudes of undergraduate university students toward the disabled. Four independent variables were investigated; 1) gender, 2) classification, 3) GPA, and 4) exposure to the disabled. The dependent variable was attitudes toward the disabled. Two different instruments were used: a demographic sheet constructed by the researcher to obtain the independent variables, and Attitudes Toward Disabled Persons Form 0 Scale to obtain the dependent variable attitude scores. The sample consisted of 148 undergraduates from a small university. A status survey design was employed with both pregrouping and post hoc grouping. Four composite null hypotheses were tested. A three-way analysis of variance was employed for testing the composite null hypotheses. A total of 28 comparisons were made. The results of the research indicated that one main effect was statistically significant at the .05 level. The main effect was for GPA. One interaction was statistically significant at the .05 level. The statistical interaction was among gender, GPA and classification. All of the calculated means for the subgroups were significantly below the theoretical mean of 70. This indicated that the respondents perceived the disabled as dissimilar. The results of the present research appeared to support the following generalizations: 1) no association between exposure and attitudes toward the disabled; 2) attitudes toward the disabled were numerically associated with gender, GPA and classification; and 3) subjects of the present sample had dissimilar attitudes toward the disabled.
Copyright 1989 Thomas J. Basgall
Basgall, Thomas J., "Attitudes Toward the Handicapped" (1989). Master's Theses. 2095.