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'If I had a friend in a wheelchair': children's thoughts on disabilities
Luleå tekniska universitet.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7812-321X
2001 (English)In: Child Care Health and Development, ISSN 0305-1862, E-ISSN 1365-2214, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 223-240Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of the present study was to examine what notions there are among ordinary preschool children and schoolchildren about physically handicapped children using wheelchairs. Forty-eight children-16 children of preschool age (half boys, half girls, aged around 6), 16 children in primary school class 2 (half boys, half girls, aged around 8) and 16 children in class 4 (half boys, half girls, aged around 8)-constituted the investigated group. The method used was a combination of drawings produced by the children themselves serving as a projective image, interview questions in connection with the drawings and a self-assessment scale, based on Osgood's semantic differential technique. The results showed that most children had favourable attitudes towards a child in a wheelchair. They were willing to include the disabled child in their games and recreational activities, and they considered that the disabled child would have many friends and a high self-esteem. However, they saw real obstacles for the disabled child both in play situations and in other environmental settings. No tangible differences between the sexes could be found; however, differences by age were present. The results were discussed with regard to earlier research and topics for further research are suggested.

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2001. Vol. 27, no 3, p. 223-240
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-10817DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2214.2001.00156.xLocal ID: 9b061760-5f7d-11db-8cbe-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-10817DiVA, id: diva2:983765
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Validerad; 2001; 20060927 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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