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Research Article  |   November 1982
Independence Through Activity: The Practice of Occupational Therapy (Psychiatry)
Author Affiliations
  • Claudia Kay Allen, M.A., OTR, FAOTA, is Chief of Occupational Therapy, Psychiatry, LAC-USC Medical Center; Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
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Mental Health / Features
Research Article   |   November 1982
Independence Through Activity: The Practice of Occupational Therapy (Psychiatry)
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1982, Vol. 36, 731-739. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.11.731
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1982, Vol. 36, 731-739. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.11.731
Abstract

An outline for an emerging theory to guide occupational therapy practice with mental disorders is provided. A hierarchy of cognitive levels with an accompanying task analysis describes functional distinctions in the severity of disorder, as reflected in routine task behavior. Recent advances in the neurosciences are examined for their potential impact on knowledge development and program objectives.