This article comprises a portion of the doctoral research of the author, which was conducted at the Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, under the supervision of Michael Peters. This research was supported by Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant #752-97-1019.
Perceptions of Deservedness of Social Aid as a Function of Prenatal Diagnostic Testing1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 76–90, January 2003
How to Cite
Lawson, K. L. (2003), Perceptions of Deservedness of Social Aid as a Function of Prenatal Diagnostic Testing. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33: 76–90. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2003.tb02074.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
This study examined whether judgments of deservedness of social aid subsequent to the birth of a disabled child vary as a function of prenatal diagnostic testing (PDT) use as predicted by the attribution-affect-action model (Weiner, 1980). A sample of family physicians/obstetricians (n= 341) and a university employee sample (n= 281) made attribution ratings in 3 scenarios in which an at-risk pregnant woman gave birth to a disabled child. The findings indicate that women who chose not to use PDT or who chose to continue the pregnancy following a diagnosis were judged more responsible, more to blame, and less deserving of both sympathy and social aid subsequent to giving birth to a disabled child than were women to whom testing was not made available.