Limited research has been done to explore parental perception of stigma. The present study developed the Parental Perceptions of Public Attitudes Scale to examine perceived stigma among Serbian parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and children with physical disabilities (PD). The convenience sample consisted of 82 participants. A confirmatory factor analysis was done to validate the scale and a 9-item solution clustered into two factors proved to be the best model. Overall, the parents reported a low-to-moderate level of perceived stigma. Parents of children with ASD reported higher degree of perceived stigma compared to the parents of children with PD. The scale was useful in measuring parental perceived stigma and could be used in other Eastern European countries.
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The authors would like to thank parents and organizations who participated in the study. Also, many thanks to anonymous referee for a wonderful review and Dr. Shari Daisy for a final proofread. The research findings presented in our paper are part of Marija Čolić’s doctoral dissertation. No external funding was received for the research reported in the paper.
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Marija Čolić is currently a doctoral candidate at University of Belgrade, Serbia, and instructor at University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii.
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Čolić, M., Milačić-Vidojević, I. Perceived Stigma Among Serbian Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children with Physical Disabilities: Validation of a New Instrument. J Autism Dev Disord 51, 501–513 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04559-4
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Eastern Europe
- Perceived stigma
- Physical disabilities