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Research Article  |   August 1990
Recruitment Standards and Practices in Occupational Therapy, 1900–1930
Author Affiliations
  • Wendy Colman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is a Psychotherapist in private practice. (Mailing address: The Benson East, 100 Old York Road, Suite 1208, Jenkintown, PA 19046)
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Research Article   |   August 1990
Recruitment Standards and Practices in Occupational Therapy, 1900–1930
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1990, Vol. 44, 742-748. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.8.742
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1990, Vol. 44, 742-748. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.8.742
Abstract

Debate regarding recruitment standards and practices exemplifies various visions of practice that exist within a profession. In occupational therapy, early recruitment criteria provide an example of how the field’s founders envisioned the professional practitioner. As occupational therapy grew in membership throughout the 1920s, that vision was challenged. This paper identifies and describes the recruitment ideas expressed by both the founders of occupational therapy and their challengers from 1900 to 1930 and suggests the influence of their ideas on recruitment standards.