Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Degree Program

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Jane L. Toot

Second Advisor

William C. Bell

Third Advisor

Lucille Grimm


This descriptive study seeks to identify the value placed on personality traits by physical therapists and to develop a personality trait profile indicating what is desired of physical therapists in the general hospital setting. Five hundred surveys were sent to the physical therapy (PT) directors of a nationwide sample of randomly selected hospitals accredited by the American Hospital Association with greater than 75, but less than 150 beds. Two hundred and ninety-four surveys (59%) were returned. Survey responses were coded and analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The data was analyzed by using the descriptive measures of median, mode, frequency counts, and percentages. The personality traits were divided into three groups (high positive, moderate positive, and low positive) based on the value given to individual traits. High ({dollar}>{dollar}85%) consensus was obtained for the personality traits of Achievement, Understanding, Aggression, Defendence and Impulsivity. The value given to the 20 traits in aggregate creates a profile of what is valued for physical therapists in the general hospital setting.


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