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

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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 programs development of a Speakers Bureau.

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  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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