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Volume 13 Issue 4 (July/August 2003), Pages 269-333

Mental health professionals' attitudes towards people who are deaf (pages 314-319)


Mental health professionals' attitudes towards deaf people were examined in relation to their previous contact with deaf people and their knowledge of deafness. Data were gathered regarding different aspects of contact, including the number and type of relationships participants had had with deaf people. A cognitive‐processing theory of attitude change following contact (Rothbart & John, 1985) was explored. Knowledge of deafness did not correlate with attitudes towards deaf people but a relationship was found between the amount of contact that professionals had with deaf people of equal or higher status and more positive attitudes. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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