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Research Article  |   February 1985
Professional Socialization: Implications for Occupational Therapy Education
Author Affiliations
  • Joyce Shapero Sabari, MA, OTR, is an adjunct assistant professor and doctoral student, Department of Occupational Therapy, New York University, New York, NY 10012
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Research Article   |   February 1985
Professional Socialization: Implications for Occupational Therapy Education
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1985, Vol. 39, 96-102. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.2.96
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1985, Vol. 39, 96-102. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.2.96
Abstract

This article examines the implications that adult socialization theory can have on occupational therapy education. Sociological literature about professional socialization is reviewed and related to the preparation of occupational therapists. The discussion includes a description of the goals, processes, and participants in professional socialization. Consistency of socializing influences is presented as a critical factor in the formation of strong professional role identities. Finally, the article considers which values and attitudes may be transmitted during the socialization process for occupational therapists and other health professionals.