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Attitude Change Among Undergraduate Rehabilitation Interns

Title: Attitude Change Among Undergraduate Rehabilitation Interns.
Name(s): Morrison, Iyabo Abena, author
Quarterman, Jerome, outside committee member
Ebener, Deborah J., committee member
Edwards, Barbara J., committee member
Department of Childhood Education, Reading and Disability Services, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The goal of this study was to determine the effect of the internship experience on attitude scores of undergraduate rehabilitation interns. The study was based upon Helson's (1964) Adaptation-Level (A-L) theory that was developed as a social judgment/perceptual theory to study attitudes. The measure utilized to assess the dependent variable of attitude was the Attitudes Toward Disabled Persons Scale- Form A (ATDP-A). The attitude scores were measured in a pre/post-test design prior to the start and at the end of the clinical internship. Archival data collected from students representing eight undergraduate rehabilitation programs nationwide was used in the study. The subjects were part of a convenience, non-random sample of undergraduate interns completing their internships in rehabilitation. A paired sample t-test and analysis of covariance were utilized and applied to the ATDP scores and independent variables including: prior contact, social desirability, and internship type. Results indicated that there was a significant difference between attitude scores before and after the undergraduate internship in rehabilitation. A significant difference was identified between interns who had intimate relationships with persons with disabilities than those who did not. Interns with intimate contact had higher pre-test attitude scores. The final research question suggests that internship type does not have an impact on attitude scores at post-test. There were no significant differences in attitude scores between interns who completed a part-time versus a full-time internship.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2256 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Childhood Education, Reading and Disability Services in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: June 30, 2005.
Keywords: Attitude Change And Disability, Rehabilitation Interns, Undergraduate Rehabilitation
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Jerome Quarterman, Outside Committee Member; Deborah J. Ebener, Committee Member; Barbara J. Edwards, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
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