Stigma among the stigmatized: Resident mobility, communication ability, and physical appearance as predictors of staff-resident interaction

Michael S. McGarry, Stephen G. West

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Abstract

Two studies investigated the relation between 3 types of resident stigma and staff-resident interaction in a training center for the mentally retarded. Ss were 50 residents (median age 9 yrs) classified as moderately to severely retarded. In Study 1, using the results of questionnaires administered to the staff, it was found that resident communication ability and physical appearance were significant predictors of approval interactions, and resident mobility was the only significant predictor of disapproval interactions. In Study 2, using systematic observation of staff-resident interactions, it was found that resident mobility was the only predictor of the resident-initiated neutral and disapproval interactions, whereas resident mobility, communication ability, and physical appearance were significant predictors of staff-initiated approval and disapproval interactions. Possible causal paths underlying the obtained relations between resident stigma and staff-resident interaction are discussed. (17 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-405
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume84
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1975
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • resident mobility & communication ability & physical appearance, staff-resident interaction in training center for mentally retarded

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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