Title

The Professional Socialization Process of Athletic Training Students Participating in an Undergraduate Entry-Level Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP)-Accredited Athletic Training Education Program

Author

James S. Ave

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Human Performance and Recreation

First Advisor

Benito J. Velasquez

Advisor Department

Human Performance and Recreation

Abstract

Professional Socialization is a complex human process that newcomers experience to become a member of an organization, profession, or a group. The purpose of this study was to determine if there were any differences between novice and experienced Athletic Training Students (ATS) participating in an undergraduate entry-level Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) in the total and the categories of professional socialization variables. An additional purpose of this study was to determine if there were any differences between male and female ATS participating in an undergraduate entry-level CAAHEP accredited ATEP in the total and the categories of professional socialization variables. The variables of professional socialization were attitudes, behaviors, beliefs/philosophies, identity, membership, skills/knowledge, and values. A 93-item Athletic Training Professional Socialization Inventory-ATPSI was developed to measure the professional socialization variables of ATS participating in an undergraduate entry-level CAAHEP accredited ATEP. The ATPSI was completed by 259 ATS participating in 14 conveniently selected undergraduate entry-level CAAHEP accredited ATEP. It was found that there were significant differences between novice and experienced ATS participating in an undergraduate entry-level CAAHEP accredited ATEP in the total professional socialization variables but not in the categories of professional socialization variables. Novice ATS were more socialized than experienced ATS in the total professional socialization. Additionally, it was found that there were not any significant differences between male and female ATS participating in an undergraduate entry-level CAAHEP accredited ATEP in the total or the categories of professional socialization variables.