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An Examination of the Effects of Religious Orientation on Attitudes toward the Disabled

8 April 2011


People’s attitudes have been shown to have a profound impact on the disabled at both an individual and societal level. In addressing people’s attitudes toward the disabled it is important to determine what shapes these attitudes. A number of factors have been shown to affect people’s attitudes toward the disabled. Of particular importance to this study is the impact of religious orientation on these attitudes. Religious orientation has been shown to have a significant correlation with certain types of prejudice- racial, religious, sexual orientation. The current study aims at determining the relationship between religious orientation and attitudes toward the disabled. Results indicated that Extrinsic religious orientation was associated with less positive attitudes toward the disabled, while Intrinsic and Quest orientations did not reveal a significant relationship to people’s attitudes toward the disabled. Implications for future research were addressed.


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