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Association Between Spirituality and the Valence of Attitudes Toward Persons with Disabilities

Title: The Association Between Spirituality and the Valence of Attitudes Toward Persons with Disabilities.
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Name(s): Fioramonti, Daniel, author
Ebener, Deborah, professor directing thesis
Dong, Shengli, committee member
Sampson, James, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Although much research has been carried out to identify the demographic and psychological variables linked to distinctive attitudes toward persons with disabilities (PWD), no known research has measured the association between spirituality and attitudes toward PWD. In this study, a sample of non-disabled undergraduate and graduate university students was surveyed to measure for possible association. Ratings of spiritual involvement and beliefs and intrinsic spirituality were examined in relation to ratings in four attitudinal domains: inclusion, discrimination, gains, and prospects. Higher endorsement of spiritual involvement and beliefs was found to be significantly correlated with more favorable attitudes toward PWD for inclusion and prospects. Higher intrinsic spirituality was found to be significantly correlated with more favorable attitudes toward PWD for inclusion. A significant inverse association was also identified between higher intrinsic spirituality and more favorable attitudes toward PWD for gains. Differences in gender were also examined. Female students reported significantly more favorable attitudes toward PWD for prospects. Male students reported significantly more favorable attitudes toward PWD for discrimination and gains. Implications are discussed in light of the services provided to PWD by faith-based organizations.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8984 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: July 1, 2014.
Keywords: Attitudes, Disability, Spirituality
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Deborah Ebener, Professor Directing Thesis; Shengli Dong, Committee Member; James Sampson, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-8984
Host Institution: FSU

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Fioramonti, D. (2014). The Association Between Spirituality and the Valence of Attitudes Toward Persons with Disabilities. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-8984