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Research Article  |   June 1998
The Value of Occupation as the Core of Treatment: Sandy’s Experience
Author Affiliations
  • Jeanne Jackson, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, 1540 Alcazar Street, CHP-133, Los Angeles, California 90033-4500
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Special Issue on Occupation-Centered Research
Research Article   |   June 1998
The Value of Occupation as the Core of Treatment: Sandy’s Experience
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1998, Vol. 52, 466-473. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.6.466
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1998, Vol. 52, 466-473. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.6.466
Abstract

Since 1917, when the occupational therapy profession was first established, the therapeutic value of occupation has been questioned, researched, valorized, and even trivialized. This article discusses one typical occupation-centered treatment, namely a community outing, the shopping spree. The purpose is to articulate the value of occupation-centered intervention and particularly (a) its importance for building rapport between patient and therapist so that genuinely meaningful treatment can be carried out; (b) its role in providing opportunities for patients to imagine futures through felt meanings and future images; and (c) its integrative qualities with respect to identities and performance components.