Disability and work-related attitudes in employers from Beijing, Chicago and Hong Kong

Patrick W. Corrigan, Sachiko Kuwabara, Wing Hong Hector Tsang, Kan Shi, Jonathon Larson, Chow S. Lam, Shenghua Jin

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Employers are primary and necessary agents in the return of people with disabilities to the work force. In this study, employment attitudes about two key constructs for vocational rehabilitation are examined: hiring the person with a disability and accommodating the person with disabilities at work. One hundred employers from Beijing, Honk Kong, and Chicago were surveyed regarding their attitudes. Results showed employers from Beijing were less likely to endorse hiring people with disabilities compared with those from Chicago and Hong Kong. In addition, people with psychiatric disabilities were less likely to be hired compared with those with physical disabilities. No clear pattern by city emerged for accommodations. Reasons why this pattern of attitudes emerged are discussed. Implications of these findings for attitude change are also considered
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-350
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


  • American
  • Chinese
  • Employment
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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