What is it about?

This is a follow-up study of a cohort of Norwegian occupational therapy students. The students participated in IRM workshops, and completed questionnaires related to their self-efficacy for the therapeutic use of self after the workshop and at three months and ten months follow-up.

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Why is it important?

Hussain and co-workers (2018) found an initial increase in self-efficacy after three months, but follow-up studies are important to see whether initial changes are sustained over a longer period of time.

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The increased self-efficacy for use of self that was found at 3-month follow-up (Hussain et al., 2018) was maintained at 10-month follow-up . The results indicate that students may experience a boost in self-efficacy for therapeutic use of self after a brief workshop and that these changes can be sustained over time. The flattening curve after 3-months, however, may be explained by a variety of factors. First and foremost, most of the self-efficacy gains may be related to the learning process that takes place in the initial phase, when the topic is all new to the students. Also, as the students showed relatively high scores on the scales already from the outset of the study, it would be more difficult to report further increase within the confinements of the scale (“ceiling effect”).

Professor Tore Bonsaksen
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

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This page is a summary of: The Course of Self-Efficacy for Therapeutic Use of Self in Norwegian Occupational Therapy Students: A 10-Month Follow-Up Study, Occupational Therapy International, January 2018, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2018/2962747.
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