(2010) The Effects of Reading Personal Narratives Written by an Individual Who Uses AAC on the Attitudes of Pre-Professionals in Business by John McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Lacey M. Donofrio-Horowitz, and Laura M. Smucker
A Solomon Four-Group Design was used to study the effects of reading personal narratives written by an individual with complex communication needs on the attitudes, potential future behaviors, and general experiences of 109 undergraduate business majors (McCarthy, Donofrio-Horwitz, & Smucker, in press). The Attitudes Toward Nonspeaking Persons Scale (ATNP) and a scale of behavioral intentions modeled according to Azjen’s (1991) Theory of Planned Behavior were used as dependent variables. A sub-group of individuals in the experimental group participated in individual follow-up interviews.
Results revealed individuals who read the narratives had more positive attitudes than those who did not; however, there were potentially reactive effects for pre-testing evident on one scale of the ATNP scale. Interviews revealed a need for more explicit information about the workings of AAC and a need to change expectations about working with individuals with disabilities.
Full text available at— The Effects of Reading Personal Narratives Written by an Individual Who Uses AAC on the Attitudes of Pre-Professionals in Business
(2005) Attitudes toward Individuals Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Research Review by John McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Janice Light, Ph.D.
Full text available at— Attitudes towards Individuals with AAC: Research Review