Title

Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Therapy

Document Type

Article

Journal or Conference Title

American Journal of Occupational Therapy

ISSN

0272-9490

Volume

58

Issue

6

First Page

669

Last Page

672

Publication Date

11-2004

Department

Occupational Therapy

Abstract

Psychosocial dimensions of human performance are fundamental to all aspects of occupation and occupational therapy, with every client, and across all practice settings. Occupation is defined as “activities of everyday life, named, organized, and given meaning by individuals and a culture” (Law, Polatajko, Baptiste, & Townsend, 1977, p. 34). A key tenet of occupational therapy is that the loss of valued occupations may adversely affect an individual’s sense of self and agency in the world. An individual’s sense of self is influenced by the social, cultural, personal, psychological, and spiritual contexts in which these occupations occur (Kannenberg & Greene, 2003).

Rights

Copyright © 2004 American Occupational Therapy Association. All rights reserved.

Publisher Statement

Originally published as Ramsey, R. (2004). Psychosocial aspects of occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58(6), 669-672.