How well can the theory of planned behaviour account for occupational intentions?

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Title How well can the theory of planned behaviour account for occupational intentions?
Author Arnold, John; Loan-Clarke, John; Coombs, Crispin; Wilkinson, Adrian John; Park, Jennifer; Preston, Diane
Journal Name Journal of Vocational Behavior
Year Published 2006
Place of publication United States
Publisher Academic Press
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 (NHS) as a nurse, physiotherapist or radiographer amongst three groups: professionally unqualified (ND507), in professional training (ND244), and professionally qualified (ND227). We found strong support for the three core TPB variables attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control as predictors of behavioral intention, and limited support for two additional variables: moral obligation and identification. There were some differences in the relative importance of TPB variables between groups. We conclude that the TPB has utility for more complex behaviors as well as simpler ones that are more frequently researched. However, more attention should be paid to differences in people’s circumstances, particularly regarding past vocational decisions and behavior, and to obstacles to implementing an intention.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 69
Page from 374
Page to 390
ISSN 0001-8791
Date Accessioned 2007-02-19
Date Available 2015-05-06T03:06:06Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Studies in Human Society
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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