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Occupational therapy students' attitudes towards individuals with disabilities: A comparison between Australia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Brown, Ted, Mu, Keli, Peyton, Claudia G, Rodger, Sylvia, Stagnitti, Karen, Hutton, Eve, Casey, Jacqueline, Watson, Callie, Hong, Chia Swee, Huang, Yan-Hua and Wu, Chin-Yu (2009) Occupational therapy students' attitudes towards individuals with disabilities: A comparison between Australia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Research in Developmental Disabilities , 30 (6). pp. 1541-1555. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2009.07.020

Abstract

Introduction: Students who are enrolled in professional education programs such as occupational therapymay have inherent attitudes towards the future clients they work with. These attitudes may be influenced by the level of their professional education as well ascultural values of their country of origin.Purpose: The purpose of the study was to examine occupational therapy students’ attitudes towards individuals with disabilities from an international, cross-cultural perspective and to investigate the possible impact of professional education on students’ attitudes.Method: 485 occupational therapy students from 11 universityprograms (3 from Australia, 3 from the United Kingdom, 3 from the United States, and 2 from Taiwan) completed the Interactions with Disabled Person’s (IDP) scale.Results: Significant differences were found between occupational therapy students from Australia, Taiwan, the United States, and the United Kingdom on the following IDP variables: overall attitude towards individuals with disabilities, ‘discomfort’, ‘sympathy’,‘uncertainty’, ‘coping’, ‘fear’, and ‘vulnerability’. Significant differences between first year students as a total group and final year students as a total group were found on their overall attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, ‘discomfort’, and ‘uncertainty’.Conclusion/implications: The attitudes towards individuals with disabilities among first year and final year occupational therapy students varies between countries and the students’ year level also impacts on their attitudes towards individuals with a disability.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Occupational therapy students Attitudes Individuals with disabilities
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:9754
Deposited By:Mrs Jacqueline Casey
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 13:36
Last Modified:28 Feb 2012 14:21

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