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Social Identity and the Handicapping Functions of Stereotypes: Children's Understanding of Mental and Physical Handicap

Abrams, Dominic, Jackson, Debra, St. Claire, Lindsay (1990) Social Identity and the Handicapping Functions of Stereotypes: Children's Understanding of Mental and Physical Handicap. Human Relations, 43 (11). pp. 1085-1098. ISSN 0018-7267. (doi:10.1177/001872679004301103) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

32 junior high pupils (mean age 10.3 yrs) used the terms "mental handicap," "physical handicap," and the colloquial term "divvy" in a pilot study that explored the Ss' understanding of different forms of disability and handicap. In the main study, 48 junior high school students (mean age 10.15 yrs) rated a male target child ascribed one of these labels (or the label "normal"), and completed a measure of social distance from that target. Ss did not distinguish among the attributes of the different nonnormal labels, but did differentiate between these and normal, showing that they generally employed a "normal/abnormal" categorization of others, In line with predictions derived from social identity theory (H. Tajfel, 1981), social stereotypes were unaffected by interpersonal contact.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/001872679004301103
Uncontrolled keywords: degree of personal contact, stereotypical beliefs about children with mental or physical handicaps, school age children, England, implications for social identity theory, Mental Retardation (Attitudes Toward)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: M.L. Barnoux
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 10:55 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35510 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Abrams, Dominic: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-4572
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