Attitudes of American and Israeli staff toward people with intellectual disabilities

David B. Henry, Ilana Duvdevany, Christopher B. Keys, Fabricio E. Balcazar

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We compared the inclusion-related attitudes of community agency staff in the United States and Israel. Samples of 147 (United States) and 74 (Israel) staff members were assessed with the Community Living Attitudes Scale (CLAS). Results showed that higher educational levels, regardless of nation, were associated with higher Empowerment scores, lower Exclusion scores, lower Sheltering scores, and higher Similarity scores. Empowerment attitudes were strongly related to differences in the agencies in which individuals were employed. Controlling for age, education, and agency, we found that staff in the United States had higher Empowerment scores than did Israeli staff. Israeli staff had higher Sheltering and Similarity scores and marginally higher Exclusion scores than did the United States staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-36+92
JournalMental Retardation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Health Professions
  • Rehabilitation


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