Humanity-oriented character strengths as differential predictors of stigma towards people with special educational needs

Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU, Robert TANG, Xiaoying WU

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Abstract

Studies have consistently shown that character strengths predict well-being and positive psychological outcomes. However, there is sparse research on how these strengths relate to stigma towards individuals with special educational needs (SEN). This study addresses this gap through exploring the link of using humanity-oriented strengths (i.e., kindness, love, and social intelligence) to stigma and acceptance towards people with SEN via a cross-sectional design. A survey packet containing questionnaires about kindness, love, social intelligence, and stigma towards SEN, was administered to 210 Filipino undergraduate students. Results showed that gender positively predicted stigma towards SEN. Kindness negatively predicted stigma even after controlling for the effects of age and gender. Results suggest that promoting opportunities to cultivate kindness might serve as valuable approach to reduce negative and discriminatory attitude towards people with special needs. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Early online date14 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Feb 2021

Citation

Datu, J. A., Tang, R., & Wu, X. (2021). Humanity-oriented character strengths as differential predictors of stigma towards people with special educational needs. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2021.1885014

Keywords

  • Character strengths
  • Filipino students
  • Inclusive education
  • Stigma towards special needs

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