Effects of short-term awareness interventions on children's attitudes toward peers with a disability

Yeshayahu Hutzler, Osnat Fliess-Douer, Ayelet Avraham, Shunit Reiter, Rachel Talmor

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of two awareness activities on children's attitudes towards peers with a disability. The Children's Attitudes towards Peers with Disability scale including cognitive, behavioral and emotional subscales was administered before and after two types of short-term interventions. The first included 75 children from grades 7-9, who actively participated in the workshop simulating movement activities. The second intervention included 121 students of the 10th grade, who observed their peers participating in a wheelchair-basketball activity together with elite wheelchair-basketball players. Results indicated significant effects in the cognitive and behavioral domains. Post-test findings confirmed that intervention bridged the difference in the cognitive domain observed between those with and without previous contact at pretest.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-161
    Number of pages3
    JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2007

    Keywords

    • Attitudes
    • Awareness
    • Children with disabilities
    • School children
    • Workshop

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Rehabilitation
    • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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