Friendship and Disability: A study on representations of disabled and normotype classmates


  • Giulia Savarese Department of Medicine and Surgery - University of Salerno


friendship, disability, classmates, representations


Objective: understand between the representations of disabled and non-disabled children and pre-adolescents regarding friendship between disabled and normotype classmates.

Sample: 100 children and pre-adolescents aged from 6 to 12 years.

Tools and procedure: The drawing test of friendship designed by Bombi et al.  and the Moreno’s Sociogram Test.

Results: There are different ways to represent friendship between the disabled and normotype peers, depending on whether one possesses a disability or not.


In fact, for the disabled students interviewed, the very fact of standing next to a classmate is a source of well-being; sharing activities, then, induces positive emotions. Normotype students, instead, seem to experience the relationship with a disabled companion in a rather emotionally distanced way.




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How to Cite

Savarese, G. (2016). Friendship and Disability: A study on representations of disabled and normotype classmates. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 4(2). Retrieved from