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Research Article  |   January 1991
Therapeutic Factors in Occupational Therapy Groups
Author Affiliations
  • Janet Falk-Kessler, MA, OTR, is Assistant Professor in Clinical Occupational Therapy, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, 630 West 168th Street, New York, New York 10032
  • Christine Momich, MS, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Interdisciplinary Center for Child Development, Rego Park, New York. At the time of this study, she was an occupational therapy graduate student at Columbia University, New York, New York
  • Sharla Perel, MS, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Staten Island Hospital, Staten Island, New York. At the time of this study, she was an occupational therapy graduate Student at Columbia University, New York, New York
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Research Article   |   January 1991
Therapeutic Factors in Occupational Therapy Groups
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1991, Vol. 45, 59-66. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.1.59
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1991, Vol. 45, 59-66. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.1.59
Abstract

A survey was administered to patients and their therapists in an attempt to assess which therapeutic factors were perceived as helpful in occupational therapy groups. The patients’ responses were compared to their therapists’ for similarities and differences. Both groups highly valued factors of group cohesiveness, instillation of hope, and interpersonal learning. The therapists also valued guidance and identification, which the patients did not. Least valued by the patients were guidance, existential factors, and identification; least valued by the therapists were self-understanding, family reenactment, and existential factors.