Asian Indians are one of the fastest-growing immigrant groups in the United States, yet little is known about their attitudes toward persons with disabilities and rehabilitation. The purpose of this study was to examine factors influencing Asian Indian students' attitudes toward people with disabilities, using a conjoint analysis design (N = 90). The design used a conjoint measurement where the variables included disability type, gender, age, education, and employment status. The results indicate that disability type was most heavily involved in the decision-making process, that attitude and preference formation were significantly affected by characteristics other than disability type, and that students' previous contact with people with disabilities affected the relative importance of disability type and age in attitudes and preference formation. The findings of this study are similar to those of conjoint analysis studies of other Asian and American students. Implications for rehabilitation counseling practices with Asian Indian Americans are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Psychology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health