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Last updated February 14, 2001
SPRING 2001 THEORY WORKBOOK
Organ Donor Willingness Model
Explanation of Theory:
The Organ Donor Willingness Model is a model of the decision to become an organ donor. It is a framework that evaluates why and how individuals make the decision to become organ donors.
Theorist: Horton & Horton
Horton, P.J., & Horton, R.L. (1991).
A model of willingness to become
The Organ Donor Willingness Model is basically a framework that evaluates why and how individuals make the decision to become organ donors. The model hypothesizes that a personís willingness to donate an organ is influenced by their attitude towards donation. A personís attitude towards organ donation is comprised of their knowledge, values, attitudes towards death, age and willingness to donate blood. Several of the specific values which are measured in this model include cheerfulness, forgiveness, honesty, bravery, lovingness and helpfulness.
We believe that the Organ Donor Willingness Model is a humanistic theory. This belief is based on each of the theoryís metatheoretical assumptions. Here are our findings...
This model is comprised of multiple truths because it applies to
this model is theorized from a humanistic perspective, we used Farrellís
Consistency: Strong; we feel this theory makes logical sense.
We can see why it works as a measure of organ donor willingness.
to these criteria, the Organ Donor Willingness Model is an effective
Ideas and Implications:
Some everyday implications
for the Organ Donation Willingness Model include using the model to formulate
Since the Organ Donation
Willingness model evaluates the attributes that
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