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Attitudes Toward People with Intellectual Disabilities: An Australian Perspective

Yazbeck, Marie, McVilly, Keith, Parmenter Trevor, R,

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Attitudes in Australia toward people with intellectual disabilities were investigated among students, disability services professionals, and the general population.More positive attitudes were evident among younger people, people with higher educational attainment, and individuals with a prior knowledge of or regular contact with people with intellectual disabilities. These respondents were less likely to support the principles of eugenics and more likely to support the paradigm of community inclusion. The authors make recommendations concerning the development of policies and strategies to foster the acceptance and inclusion of adults with intellectual disabilities in the wider community. Further studies that include the use of qualitative techniques and target people in the general population are recommended.

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Journal/Publication : Journal of Disability Policy Studies

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Social relationships

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