Attitudes of Japanese students toward people with intellectual disability

W. Horner-Johnson, C. Keys, D. Henry, K. Yamaki, F. Oi, K. Watanabe, H. Shimada, I. Fugjimura

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Background. The purpose of the present study was to gain insight into the structure and organization of the attitudes of Japanese students toward people with intellectual disability (ID). The study also examined how these attitudes are related to individual characteristics, such as experience with people with ID, major field of study and career interests. Methods. The participants completed a series of measures developed in the USA: three measures of attitudes toward people with ID, a demographic questionnaire and a social desirability scale. Students completed the measures anonymously. Results. The factor structures of all three attitude scales replicated the structures found in the USA. Attitudes toward the community inclusion of people with ID were negatively correlated with an endorsement of eugenics. Students in social work and psychology had more positive attitudes than other students. Participants who expressed an interest in a career working with people with ID had more positive attitudes than students with no interest in such a career. Conclusions. Attitude measures developed in the USA can be used in Japan, and can provide useful information as well as opportunity for cross-cultural comparisons. For a more complete understanding of the attitudes of Japanese people toward people with ID, these attitudes should also be studied using measures based in Japanese culture which have specifically developed to measure attitudes in Japan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-378
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002


  • Attitudes
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Japan
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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