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Title: How to become a health promotion practitioner? : a longitudinal study on professional identity formation and study success
Authors : Biehl, Verena
Page, Julie
Wieber, Frank
Conference details: International Conference on Social Identity and Health 4, Lausanne, 13-14 July 2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution : ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Issue Date: 2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Abstract)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Developing a professional identity (PI) is associated with various positive outcomes such as strengthened social support, mental health, life satisfaction, and wellbeing. Moreover, the development of a PI leads to the successful adoption of a professional role, which – according to the FAME consortium – represents a prerequisite for quality awareness, professional commitment, ethical behavior, and a sense of professional commitment. Given this importance of a PI, the present research aims to explore the PI development for a health profession that has not received much attention yet, namely health promotion practitioners. This PI development is particularly interesting as the education and the professional practice of health promotion and prevention practitioners is characterized by extensive inter- and trans-professional collaboration and by the large number of very different career paths; both factors that can be assumed to challenge the development of a strong professional PI. Building on the conceptual background of the identity-status model (Mancini et al., 2015), students of a newly established health promotion and prevention undergraduate program in Switzerland filled in questionnaires regarding their PI development at the beginning of their studies as well as after the 3rd semester. As a control group, first year students of the physiotherapy undergraduate program were recruited; a profession that has a long-standing history and relatively well-defined career paths. The status of the PIs and its development during this first year are analyzed and compared between professions. Implications for the design of programs will be discussed.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Health Sciences (IGW)
Publication type: Conference Poster
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-4937
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