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Research Article  |   December 1984
Occupational Therapy’s Challenge: The Caring Relationship
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elizabeth B. Devereaux, MSW, ACSW, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV 25701
  • This article is based on a presentation of the same name given at the AOTA Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, May 8, 1984.
    This article is based on a presentation of the same name given at the AOTA Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, May 8, 1984.×
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Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Health and Wellness
Research Article   |   December 1984
Occupational Therapy’s Challenge: The Caring Relationship
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1984, Vol. 38, 791-798. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.12.791
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1984, Vol. 38, 791-798. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.12.791
Abstract

Caring brings an order to our lives and relationships that frees our energy to be creative and productive and provides parameters for our daily decisions. The development of a caring relationship between therapist and patient reinforces the wholistic approach of occupational therapy treatment. The capacity to care for others is related to the ability to care for self, and this ability is shaped by all of our life experiences. Caring forms the basic element in the development of a therapeutic relationship and provides the counterbalance: the “high-touch” human response to the introduction of “high tech” in today’s health care environment.