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Research Article  |   June 1990
Coping Strategies Used by Occupational Therapy Students During Fieldwork: An Exploratory Study
Author Affiliations
  • Marlys M. Mitchell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Medical Allied Health Professions, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB 7120, Medical School Wing E, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599–7120
  • Charlene M. Kampfe, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Counseling, Department of Medical Allied Health Professions, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Research Article   |   June 1990
Coping Strategies Used by Occupational Therapy Students During Fieldwork: An Exploratory Study
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1990, Vol. 44, 543-550. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.6.543
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1990, Vol. 44, 543-550. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.6.543
Abstract

This exploratory study examined the coping strategies and perceptions of 24 graduate students in occupational therapy who were participating in their second Level II fieldwork experience. The instruments used were the revised Ways of Coping Checklist (WCCL) (Vitaliano, Russo, Carr, Maiuro, & Becker, 1985) and a questionnaire developed by the authors. The results showed that of the five coping scales of the WCCL, the students used the Problem-Focused and Seeks Social Support strategies more than the Blamed Self, Wishful Thinking, and Avoidance strategies. Most of the students perceived the fieldwork experience as important, controllable, and stressful, but not disruptive to their lives.