Mind your attitude
Healthcare professionals are duty-bound to examine their attitudes towards people who have a learning disability
While one would expect nurses to have positive attitudes towards patients, this is not always the case – particularly when patients have a learning disability.
Attitude is a complex construct that has fascinated researchers, particularly nurses, for years.
Attitudes are characterised by three dimensions:
Cognitive: what we think the object of our attitude is like▶
Affective: how we feel about the attitude entity▶
Behavioural: how we act or respond towards the attitude entity
The consequences of negative attitudes towards people with a learning disability are immeasurable. They undoubtedly contribute to deficits in care, as people with learning disabilities experience higher levels of ill health and their need to...
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