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Research Article  |   July 1994
The Effect of Occupational Therapy Education on Students’ Perceived Attitudes Toward Persons With Disabilities
Author Affiliations
  • Tatia M. C. Lee, MEd, MSc, OT (C), is an occupational therapist and a doctoral student, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. (Mailing address: 6–102 Education North, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, T6G 2G5)
  • John G. Paterson, EdD, is a chartered psychologist in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Canada, Associate Dean and Coordinator of Clinical Services for the Faculty of Education, and Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
  • Chetwyn C. H. Chan, MSc, OT (C), is a Sessional Instructor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, and a doctoral student, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Special Issue on CAN/AM 1994 – The Joint Annual Conference of AOTA and CAOT
Research Article   |   July 1994
The Effect of Occupational Therapy Education on Students’ Perceived Attitudes Toward Persons With Disabilities
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1994, Vol. 48, 633-638. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.7.633
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1994, Vol. 48, 633-638. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.7.633
Abstract

Objectives. The effect of occupational therapy education on students’ perceived attitudes toward persons with disabilities was studied.

Method. The perceived attitudes of 144 occupational therapy students toward persons with disabilities were measured before (retrospective pretest) and after (posttest) the students attended formal professional education at the University of Alberta.

Results. Posttest scores were significantly higher than the retrospective pretest scores, indicating that students’ attitudes became more positive after they commenced formal professional education. The posttest scores of students at various levels of education, however, did not show any significant difference.

Conclusion. On the basis of these observations, a positive but nonlinear relationship between occupational therapy education and attitudes toward persons with disabilities was postulated.