An Investigation of Tolerance for Ambiguity and Attitudes toward the Disabled under Conditions of Variated Stimulus and Situational Ambiguity

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling and Human Services


Lawrence Feinberg


Disabled people, Attitudes

Subject Categories

Special Education and Teaching


The study has a dual purpose over and above the immediate goal of accepting or rejecting the experimental hypothesis. First, is has been designed to organize and explain conflicting, incomplete and isolated reports in the areas of research focusing on "attitude toward disability" and "intolerance of ambiguity." It seeks to provide an empirical basis for a theoretical framework around which a logical, comprehensive and consistent theory of attitudes toward the disabled person may be built. By utilizing a research framework based on Helson's Adaptation Level Theory (Helson, 1956) it is possible to look at the total range of variables affecting attitudes toward the disabled person: the effects of the disability itself, the effects of the situation in which the interaction between disabled and non-disabled persons occurs, and the effect of the individual determinants which the non-disabled individual brings to the interaction.


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