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Research Article  |   April 1996
Life Histories in Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice
Author Affiliations
  • Gelya Frank, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy and Anthropology, University of Southern California, 1540 Alcazar, CHP-133, Los Angeles, California 90033
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Research Article   |   April 1996
Life Histories in Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1996, Vol. 50, 251-264. doi:10.5014/ajot.50.4.251
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1996, Vol. 50, 251-264. doi:10.5014/ajot.50.4.251
Abstract

This article defines and compares several narrative methods used to describe and interpret patients’ lives. The biographical methods presented are case histories, life-charts, life histories, life stories, assisted autobiography, hermeneutic case reconstruction, therapeutic emplotment, volitional narratives, and occupational storytelling and story making. Emphasis is placed the clinician as a collaborator and interpreter of the patient’s life through ongoing interactions and dialogue.