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  • Attitudes towards Down syndrome: A national comparative study in France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain

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    Irish Journal of Psychology, Vol: 21, Page: 203-214,Psychological Society of Ireland/Cumann Siceolaithe Eireann

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    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to describe attitudes towards Down syndrome


    Investigated children's attitudes towards children with Down syndrome in Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain. Ss were 805 children divided approximately equally by country, sex, grade level (9 and 11 yrs of age), and school type (inclusive or non-inclusive). Questionnaires assessed differences related to sociability, attitude toward school inclusion and use of negative words to describe a child with Down syndrome. The results illustrate developmental changes and other differences in children's attitudes toward children with Down syndrome. For example, in the Iberian sample, younger children, girls and children not in inclusive classrooms were more sociable towards children with Down syndrome. Further, attitude towards inclusive practice was influenced by country, age and school type. Main effects were qualified by some interactions. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for educating children to respect differences. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)


    Hugh Gash; S. Guardia Gonzales; M. Pires; C. Rault

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Case Study » Descriptive Studies - Without a comparision


    0303-3910 Accession Number: 2002-10476-008. First Author & Affiliation: Gash, Hugh; Dublin City U, Dublin, Ireland. Other Journal Title: Irish Journal of Psychology. Release Date: 20020313. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Age Differences; Child Attitudes; Downs Syndrome; Mainstreaming (Educational); Mental Retardation (Attitudes Toward). Minor Descriptor: Human Sex Differences; Schools; Sociability; Stereotyped Attitudes; Student Attitudes. Classification: Mental Retardation (3256) Special & Remedial Education (3570) . Population: Human (10) Male (30) Female (40) . Location: France; Ireland; Portugal; Spain. Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs) (100) School Age (6-12 yrs) (180) . Methodology: Empirical Study. References Available: Y.


    Down syndrome

    International Classification:

    Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities - Chromosomal abnormalities, not elsewhere classified - Down syndrome



    International (France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain A national comparative study)