Attitudes and Attitude Change: Implications for the OSSIS Speakers Bureau Programme

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Authors
  1. Thompson, M.M.
  2. McCreary, D.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) project is developing a Speakers Bureau in order to educate and increase awareness of occupational stress injuries (OSIs) Specifically, the Speakers Bureau will be a cadre of respected CF members, trained to speak to small groups of CF personnel about their own experience of OSIs. By combining scientific information and data with personal accounts of their own OSIs, it is hoped that these speakers will put a more human or personal face on operational stress injuries, thus reducing the stigma of these occupationally-related mental health problems. The ultimate goal of the OSISS Speakers Bureau is to provide education in the larger CF community in order to foster understanding and acceptance of operational stress injuries (OSIs). In order to assist OSISS in this endeavor, this report reviews the main theories and key research findings from the attitude and attitude change literature. We provide applications of key concepts to OSIs, and OSI-related attitude change, thereby linking theory and research to this important area. We also discuss the attitude-behavior relation, as well as major factors that can facilitate or obstruct sustained attitude change in general, and with respect to mental health issues more specifically. We then place attitudes and attitude change within the larger cultural context of the CF. We conclude by summarizing key findings and providing recommendations to guide the OSISS program’s development of a

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Keywords
Operational Stress Injury Support (OSISS);Attitude change;Elaboration Likelihood Model;Psychological support;Operational stress
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TM-2003-126 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
16 Sep 2003
Number of Pages
34
DSTKIM No
CA023735
CANDIS No
521123
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF);CD ROM

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