Sources, contents, and students' social learning about persons with a disability

Ling CHEN, Guangchao Charles Feng*, Vivienne S Y LEUNG

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A secondary analysis of survey data of Hong Kong school students (N = 2,865) examines social learning about persons with a (physical) disability (PWDs). Path models, connecting recalled information in communication about PWDs of different sources (media, significant others, and contact) and content (assistance, pity, and fear) with perceptions, general attitude, and behavior inclination toward PWDs, showed content as better predictor than either media channels or interpersonal sources. Interpersonal sources were better predictors than media channels were. The effects were also mediated by perception of PWDs' capabilities, perception of PWDs' inner state, and general attitude toward PWDs. The findings are interpreted and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-445
Number of pages17
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • content type
  • information source
  • perceptions and attitudes
  • persons with a disability
  • social learning


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