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Research Article  |   September 2007
Understanding Occupational Therapy Students’ Attitudes, Intentions, and Behaviors Regarding Community Service
Author Affiliations
  • Steve Hoppes, PhD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 4502 East 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135; steve-hoppes@ouhsc.edu
  • Chan M. Hellman is Associate Professor, Human Relations, The University of Oklahoma, Tulsa
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Professional and Education Issues
Research Article   |   September 2007
Understanding Occupational Therapy Students’ Attitudes, Intentions, and Behaviors Regarding Community Service
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2007, Vol. 61, 527-534. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.5.527
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2007, Vol. 61, 527-534. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.5.527
Abstract

Community-based practice has always been a central domain of occupational therapy, and evidence supporting its increasing importance is growing. Preparing occupational therapy students for community practice has received considerable attention in professional literature, but students’ voices have seldom been heard concerning this issue. This study sought to investigate attitudes, intentions, and behaviors regarding community service among occupational therapy students enrolled in one professional program using the Community Service Attitudes Survey. We present the Theory of Planned Behavior as a conceptual framework linking students’ attitudes and intentions with behaviors. Results indicate that these occupational therapy students’ attitudes and intentions regarding community service tended to be more strongly positive than those of their counterparts in other allied health disciplines; however, the community service behaviors of occupational therapy students were not significantly different from those of other allied health students, possibly because occupational therapy students perceived high costs to community service.