Murray State Theses and Dissertations

Abstract

Rural areas in the United States frequently face difficulties regarding the prevalence of healthcare-related professionals. To better address this issue, it is important to understand how various demographic factors as well as individual work values influence the workplace setting decisions of future "helping" professionals. Previous research has studied the impact of various work values and how they relate to working with underserved populations (Aviram & Katan, 1991; Krous & Nauta, 2005). The current study aimed to compare various demographic factors and work value's ability to predict intentions to work in rural areas among students attending Murray State University (N = 75). The study found that the six work values measured through the Minnesota Importance Questionnaire did not predict intentions to work in rural environments above and beyond demographic factors related to growing up in rural areas or perceptions of rural populations. The implications of these findings are discussed, as well as potential future directions for successive studies.


Year manuscript completed

2020

Year degree awarded

2020

Author's Keywords

rural outreach, healthcare, work values, ethics, perceptions, financial concerns

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Dissertation Committee Chair

Michael Bordieri

Thesis Advisor

Michael Bordieri

Committee Chair

Michael Bordieri

Committee Member

Laura Liljequist

Committee Member

Sean Rife

Committee Member

Nancy Armstrong

Document Type

Thesis

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