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A Preferred Method for Obtaining Rankings: Reactions to Physical Handicaps

Victor Matthews and Charles Westie
American Sociological Review
Vol. 31, No. 6 (Dec., 1966), pp. 851-854
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2091664
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Abstract

In two earlier studies, a consistent preference pattern in the rank-ordering of various types of physical disabilities was demonstrated. The authors suggested that this pattern represents a cultural uniformity in our society. This suggested uniformity is examined in terms of two instruments: a rank-ordering of pictures similar to those used earlier, and a social distance scale. Although the results of the rank-ordering of pictures did not conform to the suggested preference pattern, the results of the social distance scale indicated close conformity. It is suggested that the rank-ordering of pictures lacks subtlety.

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