Effetti del contatto tra normodotati e disabili in contesti di lavoro
Journal Title: RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA
Author/s: Loris Vezzali, Dora Capozza, Anna Pasin
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Effetti del contatto tra normodotati e disabili in contesti di lavoro - The authors study the outcomes of cooperative relationships between able and disabled employees in work contexts. The participants were non disabled workers - employed in different organizations of a Northern Italian province - working with colleagues with psychiatric disorders. The hypothesis of the research was the following: cooperative relationships influence positively the opinions and emotions of the able workers towards their disabled colleagues. A measure of implicit favouritism for the category of able employees was included in the research design. Results were consistent with the research hypothesis. Cooperative relationships increased empathy and reduced anxiety towards the disabled workers. These outcomes were engendered by the perception of a common identity: belonging to the same organization. Furthermore, cooperative relationships reduced the implicit favouritism towards the able employees. Discussion: the authors examine the practical and theoretical implications of these outcomes.
Keywords: Contact hypothesis; relationships with disabled workers; common ingroup identity; intergroup emotions; disabled and implicit attitudes.
Loris Vezzali, Dora Capozza, Anna Pasin, in "RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA" 3/2009, pp. 143-160, DOI:10.3280/RSF2009003006