Development of moral judgement in Texas physical therapy students
Stickley, Lois Ann
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The purposes of this study were, first, to determine if there was a relationship between the professional attitudes and the development of moral judgement in selected Texas physical therapy students. Other purposes were to develop a professional attitude scale for physical therapists and to measure the professional attitudes and the development of moral judgement in selected Texas physical therapy students. Another purpose was to determine the ex post facto reliability of a researcher-designed attitude scale. A final purpose was to profile the sample population by demographic variables. The suNey method was used. Questionnaires consisting of the Developing Issues Test (DIT), Professional Attitude Scale (PAS), and profile questions were administered to 86 junior and senior Texas physical therapy students chosen by convenience. The DIT is scored by stage levels (2, 3, 4, Sa, Sb, 6), by a P score (stages Sa, Sb, and 6), and a D score (stages 2-6). The data were treated with a Pearson's Correlation Coefficient and a 1-test. A significant difference between the development of moral judgement and professional attitudes was found for the entire sample and for the senior group using the D score of the DIT. No significant difference between the development of moral judgement and professional attitudes was found for the junior group using the D score, or for any group using the P score of the DIT.