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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Pam Fitzgerald

First Committee Member

Kenneth Beauchamp

Second Committee Member

Gary Howells


Previous research has established that children tend to have negative attitudes toward emotionally disturbed peers, as well as physically disabled and retarded peers. Previous research has also found that children tend to have negative behavioral intentions toward physically disabled and mentally retarded peers. Negative behavioral intentions reflect a child's lack of willingness to engage in various social or friendship behaviors with a peer. Researchers have found that when children have negative attitudes toward a physically disabled or mentally retarded peer, they are less willing to interact with or befriend that peer. No attention has been given to children's behavioral intentions toward emotionally disturbed peers, or the connection between children's attitudes and behavioral intentions toward emotionally disturbed peers. Ninety-nine elementary school age children in grades 4, 5, and 6 participated in the present study. Children were presented with eight vignettes describing hypothetical emotionally disturbed and nonemotionally disturbed peers. The vignettes were presented to children in their classrooms where they were asked to express their attitudes and behavioral intentions toward the hypothetical peers. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)




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