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Simplifying the Measurement of Attitudes towards Autistic People.

Hanel, Paul HP and Shah, Punit (2020) 'Simplifying the Measurement of Attitudes towards Autistic People.' Experimental Results, 1 (e29). 1 - 6. ISSN 2516-712X

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Abstract

There is growing interest in quantifying attitudes towards autistic people, however there is relatively little research on psychometric properties of the only existing measure and its ability to predict engagement with people with autism. To begin addressing these issues, we compared three scales measuring attitudes towards autistic people following the development of two new measures. Exploratory factor analysis, across two datasets, revealed that the factor-structure of an established 16-item scale is unclear. Further, its predictive validity of intended engagement with autistic people was comparable to our novel and psychometrically robust 1- and 4-item measures of attitudes towards autistic people. We therefore conclude that a 1- or 4-item scale is sufficient to measure general attitudes towards autistic people in future research. Equally, we propose that additional research is required to develop measures that are grounded in theoretical models of attitude formation and therefore distinguish between different components of attitudes.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 12:36
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2021 12:36
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28460

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