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Background: The attitudes of guardians have a significant impact on the social, emotional, and psychological development of children with disabilities. Guardians’ negative attitudes toward children with hearing impairments may affect the ways of nurturing their children.
Objective: To determine the attitudes of guardians toward their children with hearing impairments. The guardians’ attitudes were determined by using a Thai language questionnaire regarding their attitudes towards people with disabilities, which was composed of 30 items with a total score of 180. Higher scores reflected more positive attitudes.
Methods: The questionnaires were distributed to 47 guardians. Forty-two questionnaires were completed for analysis.
Results: The attitude scores ranged from 54 to 118 with a mean of 89.38 and a standard deviation of 16.46. There was a relationship between their attitudes and a set of 5 characteristics of guardians which were age, educational level, income, degree of contact, and knowledge about hearing loss by using multiple regressions. Thirty-five percent of the variance of guardian attitudes was accounted for by a linear combination of the five guardian characteristic variables. The educational level of guardians was found to have a positive relationship with attitudes of guardians.
Conclusions: The mean score of guardian attitudes was 89.38. Among the 5 guardian characteristic variables, the education level was positively correlated to guardian attitudes.
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