Assessing Health Science Students' Attitudes Towards Persons with Disabilities in Turkey
Coban, Arzu Icagasioglu
Ozden, Seda Attepe
Tekindal, Mustafa Agah
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Purpose: The aim of this research was to determine attitudes towards persons with disabilities among prospective health care professionals. Materials and Methods: Attitudes were measured using the Attitudes towards Persons with Disabilities Inventory developed in Turkey, which consists of 43 statements. Participants were 273 undergraduate students from a health sciences faculty in Turkish university via stratified sampling. We examined associations between Attitudes towards Persons with Disabilities Inventory scores and socio-demographics variables. Results: The students generally had positive attitudes towards persons with disabilities. The most positive attitudes were among students from lower-income families (M=198.5, SD=3.5 Significance Level=0.05). Students from the Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and the Social Work departments had more positive attitudes. Conclusions: The findings indicate a need to revise the curricula of departments to prepare students to effectively work with persons with disabilities.