Biomedical Research

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Research Article - Biomedical Research (2017) Volume 28, Issue 12

Assessing health science students' attitudes towards persons with disabilities in Turkey

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 sociodemographics 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.

Author(s): Arzu Icagasioglu Coban, Seda Attepe Ozden, Mustafa Agah Tekindal, Gonca Polat

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