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Occupational therapy students’ attitudes towards individuals with disabilities: A comparison between Australia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Brown, Ted, Mu, Keli, Peyton Claudia, G., Rodger, Sylvia, Stagnitti, Karen, Hutton, Eve

Academic Literature

2009

The purpose of the study was to examine occupational therapy students’ attitudes towards individuals with disabilities from an international, cross-cultural perspective and to investigate the possible impact of professional education on students’ attitudes.

485 occupational therapy students from 11 university programs completed the Interactions with Disabled Person's (IDP) scale. Significant differences were found between occupational therapy students from Australia, Taiwan, the United States, and the United Kingdom on the following IDP variables: overall attitude towards individuals with disabilities, ‘discomfort’, ‘sympathy’, ‘uncertainty’, ‘coping’, ‘fear’, and ‘vulnerability’. Significant differences between first year students as a total group and final year students as a total group were found on their overall attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, ‘discomfort’, and ‘uncertainty’.

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Journal/Publication : Research in Developmental Disabilities

Domain/s: Education

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