Date of Award
Master of Science
Dr. Richard Cooper
Dr. Joan Uhley
Dr. Shirley Lukens
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Thirty-nine undergraduate occupational therapy and fifty-seven entry-level graduate occupational therapy students from eight randomly selected academic programs were surveyed using the Opinions About Mental Illness Scales ([OMI], Cohen and Struening, 1959) and the Mental Health Information Questionnaire ([MHIQ], Nunnally, 1961). Results revealed that both student groups’ knowledge toward the mentally disabled was more similar to the general public’s knowledge. Using a one-tailed t-test to compare the MHIQ factors revealed there was no statistically significant difference between the occupational therapy student groups.
Both student groups’ OMI factor scores were similar to an expert group for Factors A B, and D; however, both student groups endorsed Factors C and E. A one-tailed t-test compared the OMI factors between student groups revealing graduate students endorsed Factor D (t = 2.67, p < .5). There were no statistically significant differences for Factors A, B, C, and E.
McCarthy, "Attitudes of Occupational Therapy Students toward the Mentally Disabled" (1993). Master's Theses. 829.