Personality, attentional focus, and novelty effects: Reactions to peers with disabilities.
Source: Rehabilitation Psychology 42(3):209-230.
Abstract: Testing whether reactions to the disabled may be due to attention to novelty and personality impact on reactions of the non-disabled. Personality measures were completed by 351 college students regarding feelings, thoughts and intentions regarding a hypothetical encounter with an average student or with two types of peers: one with a disability and one who is an all-around outstanding person. Findings indicate: 1) Novelty helps explain interaction between non-disabled and disabled 2) personality affects thoughts and feelings about encounters with novel and normal peers. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Dawson Coll, Dept Psychol, 3040 Sherbrooke W, Quebec City, PQ H3Z 1A4, Canada. Dawson Coll, Dept Psychol, Quebec City, PQ H3Z 1A4, Canada.