Development of school-age children's stereotypic attitudes toward mentally retarded children

J. Gottlieb, H. N. Switzky

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The developmental changes in the structure of attitudes toward mentally retarded children in elementary-school-aged students were investigated. Four orthogonal factors characterized their responses: General Negative Evaluation, General Positive Evaluation, Likeability, and Unhappiness. For the most part, increased age was associated with a decrease in negative stereotypes and an increase in a specific stereotype. The results were discussed in terms of contradictory findings in previous attitudinal research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-600
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Mental Deficiency
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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