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Attitudes towards people with intellectual disability : an Australian perspective

Yazbeck, Marie, McVilly, Keith and Parmenter, Trevor 2006, Attitudes towards people with intellectual disability : an Australian perspective, Journal of disability policy studies, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 97-111, doi: 10.1177/10442073040150020401.

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Title Attitudes towards people with intellectual disability : an Australian perspective
Author(s) Yazbeck, Marie
McVilly, Keith
Parmenter, Trevor
Journal name Journal of disability policy studies
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 97
End page 111
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Austin, Tex.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1538-4802
Summary Attitudes in Australia toward people with intellectual disabilities were investigated among students, disability services professionals, and the general population. Three previously validated questionnaires and a measure of respondent self-reported "social desirability" were used. Students and disability services professionals exhibited similar attitudes, with both groups reporting significantly more positive attitudes than members of 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/10442073040150020401
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016851

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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