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Providing readers with cutting-edge details on multicultural instrumentation, theories, and research in the social, behavioral, and health-related fields, this Handbook offers extensive coverage of empirically-supported multicultural measurement instruments that span a wide variety of subject areas such as ethnic and racial identity, racism, disability, and gender roles. Readers learn how to differentiate among and identify appropriate research tools for a particular project. This Handbook provides clinical practitioners with a useful starting point in their search for multicultural assessment devices they can use with diverse clients to inform clinical treatment.

Disability Attitude Measures
Disability attitude measures
10.1 Historical Overview and Definition

A report by the U.S Census Bureau (2005) puts the overall rate of disability in the U.S population for all ages, sexes, and races combined at 18.7%. The rates vary for different racial and ethnic groups: African Americans (20.5%), Asian Americans (12.4%), White Americans (19.7%), and Latino/a Americans (13.1%). Leung (2003) also notes that among African Americans and Latino/a Americans reporting a disability, both groups are more likely to be classified as having a “severe disability” (71.8% and 67.8%, respectively) than White Americans (52%). These disparate rates of disability in the U.S. population and elsewhere have motivated a number of new laws and classification systems.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the amendments that followed, the ...

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