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Title: Piloting the effect of a film-based intervention on attitudes and stigma towards people with intellectual disabilities in the South Asian community
Author: Seewooruttun, L.
Awarding Body: UCL
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is presented in three parts. The overall focus of the thesis relates to stigma, public attitudes and beliefs towards individuals with intellectual disability. Part one presents a systematic review which explored the findings of empirical interventions aimed at increasing awareness and targeting attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities. Currently little is known about the types of interventions which have been attempted and the effectiveness of these initiatives. The review highlighted promising outcomes from interventions that aimed to increase knowledge through delivering education whilst support for the positive influence of contact, both indirect and direct, has been demonstrated by several interventions. Whilst methodological limitations of quantitative measurement tools are considered, the review concluded that awareness and change interventions do show promise for improving attitudes towards intellectual disabilities. Part two is an empirical paper that investigates the impact of a film-based intervention on inclusion attitudes and stigmatising beliefs towards individuals with intellectual disabilities held by members of the UK South Asian community. Previous research has suggested that contact may be effective in improving public attitudes. The effect of indirect contact as a promising component of stigma change initiatives is examined by comparing the impact of two film conditions. The extent to which brief interventions can generate actual behaviour change to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities is discussed. Part three offers a critical appraisal of the study presented in the empirical paper. The appraisal discusses the process of developing the intervention with reference to key messages and content. Difficulties encountered during the research process with a specific focus on recruitment are outlined. Consideration is also given to the benefits and limitations of conducting online research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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