Attitudes Toward Children With Severe Burns
Reasons for negative attitudes toward children with severe burns were examined by surveying 226 counseling and rehabilitation students who rated 35 statements on a Likert-type scale. Four categories of statements were judged as ''true'' reasons for negative attitudes: Societal Standards of Beauty, Emotional Reaction of the Observer, Reminders of Personal Vulnerability, and Assumption of Social Contamination by Association. Three other categories rated as ''untrue'' reasons were Expectations of Problems in School and Sports, Predictions of Poor Interpersonal Relationships, and Pubic Rejection of the Stigmatized Child. Anticipated countertransference, personal vulnerability, and culturally condoned stereotyping may be responsible for particular biases and should be addressed in counselor training.
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
(1997). Attitudes Toward Children With Severe Burns. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 41(1), 54-69.
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