Improving Special Olympics volunteers' self-esteem and attitudes towards individuals with intellectual disability

Chunxiao LI, Yandan WU

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Abstract

Background: Information regarding how the Special Olympics programs affect volunteers' self-esteem and attitudes towards individuals with intellectual disability (ID) is limited. We conducted a quasi-experimental study to address this gap. 
Method: The intervention group participants (n = 120) were Chinese volunteers for the Special Olympics Eunice Kennedy Shriver University Day. They were asked to attend a pre-service training program and provide a half-day service. Results were compared with a control group (n = 123). 
Results: Our findings showed that the volunteers' self-esteem and attitudes immediately improved after intervention. In addition, change in participants' self-esteem contributed to their positive attitude change. 
Conclusions: The Special Olympics may provide an avenue for promoting the volunteers' self-esteem and attitudes regarding inclusion towards individuals with ID. Future research should include follow-up tests to examine the lasting effects of intervention. Copyright © 2017 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
JournalJournal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online dateJun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Li, C., & Wu, Y. (2019). Improving Special Olympics volunteers' self-esteem and attitudes towards individuals with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 44(1), 35-41. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2017.1310815

Keywords

  • Developmental disability
  • Inclusion
  • Intervention
  • University
  • China

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