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The effect of an integration program on teacher and student attitudes to mentally-handicapped children

McDonald, S., Birnbrauer, J.S. and Swerissen, H. (1987) The effect of an integration program on teacher and student attitudes to mentally-handicapped children. Australian Psychologist, 22 (3). pp. 313-322.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00050068708259532
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Abstract

This study examines the effect of contact with autistic children on teacher and peer attitudes to mentally‐handicapped children in general. Children were interviewed and teachers completed questionnaires about their attitudes toward mentally‐handicapped children in five schools attended by autistic boys and five schools not attended by any mentally‐handicapped children. Children who had contact with autistic boys had more positive and realistic attitudes. Teachers' attitudes were generally positive and did not vary across settings, but those with experience in teaching mentally‐handicapped children were found to have more positive attitudes than those with no experience. The implications for the integration of mentally‐handicapped children are briefly discussed.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 1987 Australian Psychological Society
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/32879
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