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
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.
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 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.
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, "Using community-based interventions to reduce public stigma of children with disabilities: A feasibility study" (2021). Physical Therapy Faculty Scholarship. 70.