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J Soc Psychol. 2015 May-Jun;155(3):221-37. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2014.998962. Epub 2015 Feb 6.

Predicting People's Intention to Donate Their Body to Medical Science and Research.

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a Queensland University of Technology.


Predictors of people's intention to register with a body bequest program for donating their deceased body to medical science and research were examined using standard theory of planned behavior (TPB) predictors (attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control) and adding moral norm, altruism, and knowledge. Australian students (N = 221) at a university with a recently established body bequest program completed measures of the TPB's underlying beliefs (behavioral, normative, and control beliefs) and standard and extended TPB predictors, with a sub-sample reporting their registration-related behavior 2 months later. The standard TPB accounted for 43.6%, and the extended predictors an additional 15.1% of variance in intention. The significant predictors were attitude, subjective norm, and moral norm, partially supporting an extended TPB in understanding people's body donation intentions. Further, important underlying beliefs can inform strategies to target prospective donors.


body bequest program; body donation; moral norm; theory of planned behavior

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