Title of Work
Using Community-based Interventions to Reduce Public Stigma of Children with Disabilities: A Feasibility Study
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Background: Public stigma, or negative community-held beliefs, about children with disabilities (CWDs) often leads to negative outcomes for CWD and their families. This study considers the effectiveness of four community-level interventions to reduce public stigma in two Lusaka, Zambia communities.
Methods: This feasibility study describes four community-based interventions to provide education to consider whether perceptions of attitudes and stigma towards CWD changed after implementing four educational interventions.
Results: Results revealed that these interventions were achievable. Preliminary multiple regression analyses indicated a significant impact of attending an event on the attitude scale, while no effect on the stigma scale. Presence at multiple anti-stigma events exhibited no effect for the stigma scale, while the attitude scale showed significance.
Discussion: This study builds on the limited research available in low-income countries to reduce public stigma towards CWD, with the hope of enhance quality of life for CWD and their families.
Hepperlen, Renee; Biggs, Jennifer; Mwandileya, Watson; Rabaey, Paula A.; Ngulube, Esther; and Hearst, Mary O. Dr., "Using Community-based Interventions to Reduce Public Stigma of Children with Disabilities: A Feasibility Study" (2021). Occupational Therapy Faculty Scholarship. 144.