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Title: How well can the theory of planned behavior account for occupational intentions?
Authors: Arnold, John
Loan-Clarke, John
Coombs, Crispin
Wilkinson, Adrian
Park, Jennifer
Preston, Diane
Keywords: Theory of planned behavior
Occupational intentions
Career choice
Health professionals
United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: ARNOLD, J. ... et al., 2006. How well can the theory of planned behavior account for occupational intentions? Journal of Vocational Behavior, 69 (3), pp. 374-390
Abstract: We tested the capacity of an extended version of the theory of planned behavior (TPB) to account for intentions to work for the UK’s National Health Service as a nurse, physiotherapist or radiographer amongst three groups: professionally unqualified (N = 507), in professional training (N = 244), and professionally qualified (N = 227). We found strong support for attitude and subjective norm as predictors of behavioral intention, with or without controlling for alternative career intentions. There was some support for perceived behavioral control as a predictor of intention, but less for moral obligation and identity. As hypothesised, attitude was a stronger predictor of intention amongst the qualified respondents than the other two groups. We conclude that the TPB is less effective for the bigger and harder-toimplement decisions in life than for smaller and easier-to-implement ones. Also, the absolute and relative importance of some TPB variables varies with personal circumstances.
Description: This article was published in Journal of Vocational Behavior [© Elsevier]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00018791
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2006.07.006
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/4567
ISSN: 0001-8791
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