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Title: Factorial Validity of the Chedoke-McMaster Attitudes Towards Children with Handicaps Scale (CATCH)
Authors: Bossaert, Goele ×
Petry, Katja #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Research in Developmental Disabilities vol:34 issue:4 pages:1336-1345
Abstract: The Chedoke-McMaster Attitudes Towards Children with Handicaps Scale (CATCH) has been
developed to measure the attitudes of children toward peers with disabilities. The present study aims
to evaluate the factorial validity of the CATCH in a sample of 2,396 students in 7th grade, including 179
students with disabilities and 2,217 typically developing students. Each classroom included at least
one student with a disability. The structure of the scale, as proposed by the developers, was tested and
its stability was evaluated across gender, disability status, awareness of the disability status of
classmates and having a classmate with a disability as a friend. Confirmatory factor analysis did not
support the originally proposed subscale structure. Instead of the three proposed subscales, a single
subscale including seven items was found. Strict factorial invariance was obtained across gender,
disability status, awareness of the disability status of classmates and being friends with a classmate
with a disability. Implications of these findings will be discussed.
ISSN: 0891-4222
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
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