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Issue Date: March 01, 1997
Published Online: April 15, 2014
Updated: June 13, 2018
Occupation as Spiritual Activity
Author Affiliations
  • Brenda S. Howard, OTR, is Staff Occupational Therapist, Columbus Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2100 Midway, Columbus, Indiana 47201
  • Jay R. Howard, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University–Purdue University at Columbus, Columbus, Indiana
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1997
Occupation as Spiritual Activity
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1997, Vol. 51, 181-185. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.51.3.181
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1997, Vol. 51, 181-185. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.51.3.181
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Abstract

Although spirituality is rarely explicitly mentioned in the occupational therapy literature, it is implied as an interwoven part of the human system. This article explores the meaning of occupation in the context of sociological and Judeo–Christian theological frameworks and the meaning of spirituality in the occupational therapy clinic. A case is made for acknowledging spirituality in clinical reasoning as a centralizing component of the patient’s motivation and assignment of meaning to life.