The perception of risk over time as a factor influencing attitudes toward children with physical disabilities

Barbara Weiserbs, Jay Gottlieb

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Abstract

The impact of perception of risk (a perception of possible psychological harm) on attitudes toward friendship with and offering help to children with physical disabilities was examined, and the stability of the perception in specific contexts, over time, was investigated. Participants were 510 children without physical disabilities between the ages of 8 and 19 years who were assigned to 1 of 12 experimental conditions in a basic 2 × 2 × 3 (Involvement × Interview × Grade) design. Results indicated significantly more favorable attitudes on helping than on friendship. Over time, attitudes toward friendship became more positive, whereas attitudes toward helping became somewhat more negative, but these effects interacted with the age of the participant and the degree of perceived risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-699
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Volume129
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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