DETERMINATION OF THE ATTITUDES OF STUDENTS STUDYING AT ASSOCIATE LEVEL IN THE FIELD OF HEALTH AND WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TOWARDS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
SAĞLIK ALANINDA ÖNLİSANS DÜZEYİNDE EĞİTİM GÖREN VE ENGELLİLERLE ÇALIŞAN ÖĞRENCİLERİN ENGELLİLERE YÖNELİK TUTUMLARININ BELİRLENMESİ

Author : Hanifi DÜLGER - Dilek YILDIRIM GÜRKAN - Betül BAŞAR KARA - Yeter KİTİŞ
Number of pages : 395-406

Abstract

This descriptive study was carried out to determine the attitudes of students working with people with disabilities towards people with disabilities. 2nd grade students studying in Yozgat Bozok University and Bartın University Health Services Vocational School Elderly Care, Child Development and Home Patient Care Program constituted the population of the study. A total of 362 students voluntarily participated in the study and the participation rate was 86.2%. The data were collected using the introductory information form and the "Attitudes toward Disabled Persons Scale” (ATDP) aimed at determining the attitudes. The mean score of the students from ATDP was found to be 55.30±12.32 (55.580±12.271 for females and 54.154±12.532 for males). There was no difference in the mean score of ATDP of the students according to gender, income, presence of disabled individuals in the family and the program they studied. A statistically significant difference was found between the mean scores of the scale and maternal educational status and paternal educational status (F=3.36, p=0.036; F= 3.47, p=0.032, respectively). Attitudes were found to be more positive in parents with higher educational level. While 17.1% of the students stated that they had the feeling of fear-uneasiness with respect to providing caring for people with disabilities, 15.3% of them stated that they had the feeling of mercy. It was determined that the attitudes of the students were generally positive, and it was concluded that they needed closer guidance and support in the education process to be able to cope with the negative emotions they had while working with people with disabilities.

Keywords

University Students, Attitudes Towards Disabilities, Health

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