Measuring the attitudes of human service professionals toward deafness

Autor/a: COOPER, A.; ROSE, J.; MASON, O.
Año: 2004
Editorial: American Annals of the Deaf, 148, 385–389
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


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The Attitudes to Deafness Scale is a 22-item measure of attitudes toward people who are deaf designed for use with human service professionals. Attitude statements were generated from personal accounts by deaf people in the literature and from a focus group in which deaf people discussed their experience of hearing people's attitudes toward them. A 60-item scale was administered to a group of 121 clinical and forensic psychologists during their training. Item analysis was conducted to select items that effectively distinguished participants with a positive attitude from those with a negative attitude toward deaf people. The scale may be used in any context where a professional group comes into contact with people who are deaf.