Occupational therapy students' attitudes towards individuals with disabilities: A comparison between Australia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Ted Brown, Keli Mu, Claudia G Peyton, Sylvia Rodger, Karen Stagnitti, Eve Hutton, Jacqueline Casey, Callie Watson, Chia Swee Hong, Yan-Hua Huang, Chin-Yu Wu

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    Introduction: Students who are enrolled in professional education programs such as occupational therapymay have inherent attitudes towards the future clients they work with. These attitudes may be influenced by the level of their professional education as well ascultural values of their country of origin.Purpose: The purpose of the study was to examine occupational therapy students’ attitudes towards individuals with disabilities from an international, cross-cultural perspective and to investigate the possible impact of professional education on students’ attitudes.Method: 485 occupational therapy students from 11 universityprograms (3 from Australia, 3 from the United Kingdom, 3 from the United States, and 2 from Taiwan) completed the Interactions with Disabled Person’s (IDP) scale.Results: Significant differences were found between occupational therapy students from Australia, Taiwan, the United States, and the United Kingdom on the following IDP variables: overall attitude towards individuals with disabilities, ‘discomfort’, ‘sympathy’,‘uncertainty’, ‘coping’, ‘fear’, and ‘vulnerability’. Significant differences between first year students as a total group and final year students as a total group were found on their overall attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, ‘discomfort’, and ‘uncertainty’.Conclusion/implications: The attitudes towards individuals with disabilities among first year and final year occupational therapy students varies between countries and the students’ year level also impacts on their attitudes towards individuals with a disability.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages1541-1555
    JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
    Volume30
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

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    • Occupational therapy students
    • Attitudes
    • Individuals with disabilities

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    Brown, Ted ; Mu, Keli ; Peyton, Claudia G ; Rodger, Sylvia ; Stagnitti, Karen ; Hutton, Eve ; Casey, Jacqueline ; Watson, Callie ; Hong, Chia Swee ; Huang, Yan-Hua ; Wu, Chin-Yu. / Occupational therapy students' attitudes towards individuals with disabilities: A comparison between Australia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In: Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2009 ; Vol. 30, No. 6. pp. 1541-1555.
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