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Research Article  |   January 1992
Occupational Therapy: The Role of Ideology in the Development of a Profession for Women
Author Affiliations
  • Terry Anne E. Litterst, MS, OTR/L, is Chief of Occupational Therapy, Newton–Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02162
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Research Article   |   January 1992
Occupational Therapy: The Role of Ideology in the Development of a Profession for Women
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1992, Vol. 46, 20-25. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.1.20
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1992, Vol. 46, 20-25. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.1.20
Abstract

This paper uses contemporary accounts, newspaper articles, and professional literature to describe the origin and development of the profession of occupational therapy. Ideas about the organization of work, women ’s characteristics, and the historical context of World War I are included. Occupational therapy is discussed from the perspective of values that contributed to the successful establishment and maintenance of a recognized structure in the work force for women performing occupational therapy services.