Views on Communication Disability: An exploration of the perspective of Chinese students
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This abstract is based on the style used in articles included in Disability Studies Quarterly, as this was considered to be a journal likely to publish the research in the same field as this project. This study has investigated the underpinnings of the views of Chinese Students studying in the United Kingdom towards individuals with disability. An emphasis has been placed on communication disability, although some consideration has been given to disability generally. A grounded theory approach has been used to explore the underlying factors which influenced participants’ attitudes towards individuals with disability. Key findings relate to the causal conditions of family pressure, stigma, and the way in which cultural ideas surrounding identity and value interact with disability. The way in which traditional Chinese belief systems, government policy and Chinese culture influences Chinese attitudes towards individuals with a range of disabilities has been considered. The consequences of such beliefs has also been discussed with hope for future changes and improvements a theme for many of the participants interviewed.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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