How well can the theory of planned behavior account for occupational intentions?
journal contributionposted on 30.04.2009 by John Arnold, John Loan-Clarke, Crispin Coombs, Adrian Wilkinson, Jennifer Park, Diane Preston
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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.
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