An examination of three theoretical models to explain the organ donation attitude–registration discrepancy among mature adults

Brian L. Quick, Ashley E. Anker, Thomas Hugh Feeley, Susan Morgan

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Abstract

An inconsistency in the research indicates positive attitudes toward organ donation do not map reliably onto organ donor registrations. Various models have sought to explain this inconsistency and the current analysis formally compared three models: the Bystander Intervention Model (BIM), the Organ Donor Model (ODM), and Vested Interest Theory (VIT). Mature (N = 688) adults between the ages of 50 to 64 years completed surveys related to organ donation. Results revealed that VIT accounted for the most variance in organ donation registrations followed by the BIM and ODM. The discussion emphasizes the importance of employing theories to explain a phenomenon as well as the practical implications of the findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-274
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Communication
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 3 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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