Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This research examined people’s emotional reactions to being assigned to work with an individual with a physical disability. Forty-seven undergraduate students were randomly assigned to a disability versus non-disability condition and a public versus private condition. All participants were asked to report their current moods before a supposed upcoming interaction related to teamwork. We predicted participants would report more negative emotions in the disability condition and privately in comparison to publicly. Participants reported more irritability when they believed the person they would be working with was disabled. Participants concealed feelings of irritability, nervousness, and discomfort regardless of disability. These findings provide evidence of distinct impression management related to public displays of emotion towards individuals both with and without physical disabilities.
Shaw, Katherine and Pataki, Sherri
"Affective Reactions Towards Physically Disabled Individuals in Private and Public Conditions,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 25:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol25/iss1/6