Differential attitudes of Chinese students toward people with disabilities: A cross-cultural perspective

Fong Chan, John J. Hedl, Harry J. Parker, Chow S. Lam, Tai Nai Chan, Brenda Yu

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The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of 338 Chinese secondary school students toward three major disability groups (people who are physically disabled, emotionally disturbed, and mentally retarded) using an adaptation of the American Scale of Attitudes toward Disabled Persons (SADP). We found that physically disabled persons were rated higher across the three subscales of the SADP compared to either emotionally disturbed and mentally retarded individuals, who were rated similarly low by the students. The lack of differentiation between the two men tal handicapping conditions is at variance with contemporary western findings. The overall negative attitudes toward people with mental disabilities may have significant implications for community rehabilitation programming for this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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