This abstract is summarized by IPR based on the original journal article in the Journal of Psychology
Paula M. Popovich, Ph.D., and colleagues assessed beliefs about what constitutes a disability, affective reactions to working with individuals with disabilities, and beliefs about the reasonableness of workplace accommodations.
Two studies were conducted. Key findings include:
1.) There were substantial differences in what was considered by respondents to be a disability, and what is covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
2.) In general, more physical and sensory-motor conditions were considered to be disabilities than were psychological conditions.
3.) Gender and experience with individuals who are disabled were found to predict affective reactions and reasonableness of accommodations.
Read the full study to learn about beliefs and affective reactions surrounding individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
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Popovich, P., Scherbaum, C., Scherbaum, K. & Polinko, N. (2003). The Assessment of
Attitudes Toward Individuals With Disabilities in the Workplace, The Journal of
Psychology, 137, 163-177, DOI: 10.1080/00223980309600606