Evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention program to influence attitudes of students towards peers with disabilities

Anke de Boer*, Sip Jan Pijl, Alexander Minnaert, Wendy Post

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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In this study we examine the effectiveness of an intervention program to influence attitudes of elementary school students towards peers with intellectual, physical and severe physical and intellectual disabilities. A quasi-experimental longitudinal study was designed with an experimental group and a control group, both comprising two rural schools. An intervention program was developed for kindergarten (n(experimental) = 22, n(control) = 31) and elementary school students without disabilities (n(experimental) = 91, n(control) = 127) (age range 4-12 years old). This intervention consisted of a 3 weeks education project comprising six lessons about disabilities. The Acceptance Scale for Kindergarten-revised and the Attitude Survey to Inclusive Education were used to measure attitudes at three moments: prior to the start of the intervention, after the intervention and 1 year later. The outcomes of the multilevel analysis showed positive, immediate effects on attitudes of kindergarten students, but limited effects on elementary school students' attitudes.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)572-583
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
Vroegere onlinedatum28-aug-2013
StatusPublished - mrt-2014

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