Steve Hoppes, Chan M. Hellman; Understanding Occupational Therapy Students’ Attitudes, Intentions, and Behaviors Regarding Community Service. Am J Occup Ther 2007;61(5):527–534. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.61.5.527
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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.
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