Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Abstract

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.

Publication Year

2014

Journal Title

Chinese Journal of Communication

Volume number

7

Issue number

4

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

First Page (page number)

429

Last Page (page number)

445

DOI

10.1080/17544750.2014.945603

ISSN (print)

17544750

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17544750.2014.945603

Keywords

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

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