Alexandria Powers ’20
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mary O’Keeffe, Psychology
Negative perceptions, discrimination, and bias contribute to compromised self-esteem among disabled individuals. Evidence suggests that those who reject ableism have higher self-esteem. The purpose of this research is to determine if exposure to individuals who reject ableism positively influences disability perceptions. We hypothesize that participants will have more positive perceptions of disability after viewing an individual who embraced theirs. To test this, Two Ted Talk videos and two short story depicting cognitive and physical disability are presented at random. Congruent disability portrayals (being exposed to both a cognitive impairment video and story) are predicted to lead to the most positive perceptions of disability compared to incongruent depictions. The Multidimensional Attitudes Scale Toward Persons with Disabilities is employed to assess overall perception.
4-22-2020 12:00 AM