Department of Communication Studies
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.
social learning; information source; content type; perceptions and attitudes; persons with a disability
Source Publication Title
Chinese Journal of Communication
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Chen, Ling, Guangchao Charles Feng, and Vivienne S. Y. Leung. "Sources, contents, and students' social learning about persons with a disability." Chinese Journal of Communication 7.4 (2014): 429-445.