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Research Article  |   August 1986
Beliefs, Perspectives, and Activities of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Educators
Author Affiliations
  • At the time of this study Roann Barris, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, was Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA, is Associate Professor and Head, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Associated Health Professions, University of Illinois at Chicago
Article Information
Mental Health / Features
Research Article   |   August 1986
Beliefs, Perspectives, and Activities of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Educators
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1986, Vol. 40, 535-541. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.8.535
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1986, Vol. 40, 535-541. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.8.535
Abstract

This article reports on a descriptive survey study designed to provide information on the content of psychosocial occupational therapy courses, the professional beliefs of instructors, and relationships between their beliefs and decisions regarding course content. All currently accredited professional programs were surveyed; the data analysis was based on 64% of these programs. The survey found that despite a prevalent endorsement of occupational behavior theory, teaching practices were eclectic in terms of theoretical and skill emphases. This eclecticism appeared inconsistent with educators’ perceptions that a major problem facing practice in mental health is a lack of a unifying theory to define the direction of occupational therapy practice.