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Goluskin, Sasha. (2013, May). “No law can make me have friends”: Changing attitudes toward disabilities through Unified Sports.
Mentor: Dr. Laraine Glidden
This study examined college student’s attitudes toward individuals with disabilities and how to improve them. A cognitive/affective and behavioral intervention, the St. Mary’s Unified Swim Program, was developed between the local Special Olympics Swim Team (N=8) and the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Swim Team to facilitate positive attitudes. SMCM swimmers were divided into an intervention group (N=16), a randomly assigned control (N=11) and a refusal control (N=6). The intervention group participated in the 6-week long swim program with the Special Olympic athletes. The program utilized 4 key elements to improve attitudes; knowledge, equal status contact, pursuit of common goals, and a structured environment. A quantitative pre and post-test measuring attitudes toward disabilities found that the intervention group had significantly more positive attitudes after the program than they did before. The intervention group also had significantly more positive attitudes than both of the control groups. Qualitative measures also showed improvement in the intervention group’s attitudes. Another focus of the program was to increase the Special Olympians’ sense of belonging. The quantitative measures had a ceiling effect and therefore did not show improvement but showed very high feelings of belonging. The key elements are not limited to this program and should be extended to other teams and organizations. Considering the degree of success for the present study, the opportunities are available to apply the ideas to other areas of interest.