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Cultural Uniformity in Reaction to Physical Disabilities
Stephen A. Richardson, Norman Goodman, Albert H. Hastorf and Sanford M. Dornbusch
American Sociological Review
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr., 1961), pp. 241-247
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2089861
Page Count: 7
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This paper reports a consistent preferential order when children are asked to rank pictures of children with various physical disabilities. This cultural uniformity, which is not explicitly taught, persists when comparisons of subgroups are made. Rankings are not affected by characteristics of the rater, such as sex; presence of a physical handicap; socioeconomic status; race; urban-rural differences; or setting of the interview. Despite the identity of rankings, girls more than boys show a tendency to emphasize social handicaps more than functional handicaps. Various explanations of the basic uniformity are considered.
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