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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Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Elsevier. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This journal is available online please use hypertext links.
Volume 69
Page from 374
Page to 390
ISSN 0001-8791
Date Accessioned 2007-02-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Studies in Human Society
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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