Brief Report  |   September 2013
Population-Centered Life Skills Groups: Perceptions of Satisfaction and Engagement
Author Affiliations
  • Suzanne M. Peloquin, PhD, OTR is Occupational Therapist, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center, Galveston, Texas, and Professor Emeritus, School of Health Professions, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Address correspondence to 4904 Travis Drive, Galveston, TX 77551; speloqui@utmb.edu
  • Carrie A. Ciro, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
Article Information
Mental Health / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Departments
Brief Report   |   September 2013
Population-Centered Life Skills Groups: Perceptions of Satisfaction and Engagement
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2013, Vol. 67, 594-600. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008425
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2013, Vol. 67, 594-600. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008425
Abstract

PURPOSE. We examined the satisfaction with and engagement in population-centered life skills groups of women in a residential facility for substance dependence.

METHOD. This study was a retrospective, cross-sectional analysis of 561 surveys designed to elicit Likert scale client ratings. Descriptive statistics were used to examine client satisfaction. Differences in client engagement by content focus and activity process were also examined by analyzing the median scores of eight life skills development questions using the Kruskal–Wallis test of medians.

RESULTS. Collectively, 96.8% of those who completed the surveys were satisfied with the living skills groups; 73.3% strongly agreed, and 23.4% agreed. No significant differences (p > .05) were found in the median scores of the engagement responses by either content focus or activity process.

CONCLUSION. Population-centered life skills groups conceptualized within a holistic Person–Environment–Occupation model appear to be satisfactory and engaging interventions for women in recovery.