Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Cheryl O. Hausafus

Second Advisor

Anne Foegen

Third Advisor

Laurie Nichols

Abstract

This study utilized an experimental research design to investigate the differences in long-term attitudes towards individuals with disabilities among young adults who had participated in an intervention program designed to develop positive academic and social relationships among students with and without disabilities, and young adults who had not. The Interaction with Disabled Persons Scale was employed to determine if the primary independent variable (P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S. Program) produced more favorable attitudes among participants. After scores from both groups were obtained, central tendency comparisons of the dependent variable were made and inferential statistics t -test analysis was used to perform group comparisons in order to draw conclusions and generalize to the entire population. Results indicated that the P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S. (intervention) graduates possessed a significantly lower mean score, depicting less social discomfort with (more favorable attitude toward) individuals with disabilities. Additional findings from the study regarding the six factor clusters are included and discussed.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16088

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Kendra Kay Naef

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453089

OCLC Number

243608204

ISBN

9780549541394

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

113 pages

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