Measuring Young Children's Attitudes Toward Peers With Disabilities: Highlights From the Research

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Abstract

Young children with disabilities are increasingly attending inclusive early childhood programs with their typically developing peers. Within these programs, research efforts and practice have supported young children's understanding and acceptance of peers with disabilities. However, there is limited information about the measures used to assess young children's attitudes toward peers with disabilities. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to critically review the literature on young children's attitudes toward peers with disabilities with an emphasis on measurement issues. Assessment instruments and the type of information that these assessments provide about the dimensions of attitudes toward peers with disabilities based on a conceptual model of attitude formation suggested by Triandis are highlighted. Implications for future research are addressed following the literature review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-142
Number of pages11
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special education
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • focus on measurement/instrument/test design
  • friendship
  • inclusion
  • research methodologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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