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Research Article  |   July 1996
The Volitional Questionnaire: Psychometric Development and Practical Use
Author Affiliations
  • Jen-Suh Chern, MS, OTR, was Graduate Student and Research Assistant, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Associated Health Professions, University of Illinois at Chicago at the time of this study
  • Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Head, Department of Occupational Therapy (M/C 811), College of Associated Health Professions, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1919 West Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612-7250
  • Carmen Gloria de las Heras, MS, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist practicing and teaching in Santiago, Chile, and Research Associate, Center of Research, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Livia C. Magalhaes, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. At the time of this study, she was Research Associate, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Associated Health Professions, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Doctoral Student, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
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Research Article   |   July 1996
The Volitional Questionnaire: Psychometric Development and Practical Use
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 1996, Vol. 50, 516-525. doi:10.5014/ajot.50.7.516
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 1996, Vol. 50, 516-525. doi:10.5014/ajot.50.7.516
Abstract

This article describes the Volitional Questionnaire and presents recent empirical efforts to develop and validate this instrument. The Volitional Questionnaire is an observational method of gathering data on motivation that is designed for persons who are unable to self-report their own motives. Studies to date suggest that the instrument can provide a valid measure of volition, though a number of limitations of the tool are noted. Implications for use of the Volitional Questionnaire in practice and for further refinement and future research are discussed.