The effect of clothing on perceptions of leisure roles of people with disabilities

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Perl, Amanda
Clothing and dress -- New York (State) -- Psychological aspects. , People with disabilities -- New York (State) -- Social conditions. , Discrimination against people with disabilities -- New York (State) , Leisure -- New York (State) , Stereotypes (Social psychology) -- New York (State) , Social perception -- New York (State)
The purpose of this study was to examine how clothing choices affect inclusion in leisure experiences. Specifically, the study examined how perceptions of people with and without disabilities, in appropriate and inappropriate clothes, affected the evaluation of their social roles in leisure activities. An original instrument consisting of photographs of models with and without disabilities in appropriate and inappropriate clothing was used to measure perceptions based on clothing. The researcher administered 73 surveys to the public at an upstate New York mall. Results were analyzed using a one-way repeated measures ANOVA and post-hoc t-tests. Results were significant at the .05 level and indicated that people with disabilities who were appropriately dressed were rated as holding higher value social roles than people with disabilities who were inappropriately dressed. The study also showed that whether dressed appropriately or inappropriately, people without disabilities were regarded as holding higher-value social roles than people with disabilities. It was concluded that appropriate dress matters in perceptions of leisure roles, and dressing appropriately can help all people, particularly people with disabilities, be more included in leisure.
ix, 173 leaves : ill., col. photographs ; 28 cm.