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Research Article  |   January 1993
Women’s Mental Health: Implications for Occupational Therapy
Author Affiliations
  • Rochelle Nahmias, MA, OTR/L, is Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01199
  • Jeanette Froehlich, MS, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine
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Mental Health / Practice
Research Article   |   January 1993
Women’s Mental Health: Implications for Occupational Therapy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1993, Vol. 47, 35-41. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.1.35
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1993, Vol. 47, 35-41. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.1.35
Abstract

This article describes issues of sexism in the mental health profession. Theoretical bias in psychiatry and the sociopolitical status of women are both linked to the inappropriate mental health treatment of women. A relational model of women’s psychological development is offered as an alternative theoretical perspective for understanding the mental health needs of women. Ways to integrate this perspective in occupational therapy practice are included.