Brief Report  |   September 2013
Household Task Participation of Children With and Without Physical Disability
Author Affiliations
  • Louise Dunn, ScD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Utah, 520 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108; louise.dunn@hsc.utah.edu
  • James Gardner, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City
Article Information
Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Departments
Brief Report   |   September 2013
Household Task Participation of Children With and Without Physical Disability
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2013, Vol. 67, e100-e105. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008102
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2013, Vol. 67, e100-e105. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008102
Abstract

We examined household task participation patterns of 46 children and youth with and without physical disability (PD) and explored the effects of age on roles of and expectations for these children in household task participation. Children with PD did not differ significantly from those without PD in the number of household tasks they performed; however, they did require more assistance than those without PD. In both groups, younger children performed significantly fewer household tasks and required significantly more help than older children. These findings further support the discriminant validity of the Children Helping Out: Responsibilities, Expectations, and Supports (Dunn, 2004) measure of household task participation and its use with adolescents. Assessing such participation would help caregivers and practitioners more successfully prepare children and youths with PD for independent living. Considering the roles and opportunities for social participation inherent in many household tasks will contribute to the usefulness of examining such participation.