Self-dehumanization and other-dehumanization toward students with special educational needs: Examining their prevalence, consequences and identifying solutions: A study protocol

Kuen Fung Kenneth SIN, Lan YANG, Frank Tian-Fang YE

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Abstract

Background: Students with special educational needs (SEN) often face dehumanization, which negatively impacts their mental health, daily functioning, and educational outcomes. This study seeks to address the research gap in dehumanization literature by examining the prevalence, dynamics, and consequences of self-dehumanization and other-dehumanization among SEN students. Moreover, by utilizing psychological experiments, the study aims to identify potential intervention strategies and make recommendations to minimize the negative psychological consequences derived from the dual model of dehumanization. 

Methods: This two-phase, mixed-methods study incorporates cross-sectional surveys and quasi-experimental designs. Phase 1 investigates the self-dehumanization of SEN students and other-dehumanization from non-SEN peers, teachers, parents, and the public. Phase 2 involves four experimental studies to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions emphasizing human nature and uniqueness in reducing self-dehumanization and other-dehumanization of SEN students, as well as their associated negative consequences. 

Discussion: The study fills a research gap by examining dehumanization in SEN students, applying dyadic modeling, and identifying potential solutions to ameliorate dehumanization and its negative consequences. The findings will contribute to the advancement of the dual model of dehumanization, increase public awareness and support for SEN students in inclusive education, and promote changes in school practice and family support. The 24-month study in Hong Kong schools is expected to provide significant insights into inclusive education in school and community settings. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Article number137
JournalBMC Psychology
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Citation

Sin, K.-F., Yang, L., & Ye, F. T.-F. (2023). Self-dehumanization and other-dehumanization toward students with special educational needs: Examining their prevalence, consequences and identifying solutions: A study protocol. BMC Psychology, 11. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-023-01178-3

Keywords

  • Dehumanization
  • Special education
  • Students
  • Hong Kong

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