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CORRELATES OF ATTITUDES TOWARD THE APPLICATION OF EUGENICS TO THE TREATMENT OF PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

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Abstract:

Eighty-five Canadian men and women ranging in age from 19 to 74 yrs participated in a study of the relationship between personal characteristics and attitudes toward the application of eugenics to the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities. The personal characteristics included gender, age, self-esteem, locus of control, level of education, level of sophistication, and trait-anxiety. Results of a multiple regression analysis indicated that eugenic attitudes were primarily found in men of limited education, who had elevated trait-anxiety, and who believed that they were personally in control, yet also claimed that life is a random series of events controlled by chance or fate.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1998.26.1.69

Publication date: 1998-01-01

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