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Research Article  |   September 1980
A Model of Human Occupation, Part 1. Conceptual Framework and Content
Author Affiliations
  • Gary Kielhofner, M.A., Dr. P.H., OTR, is Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Janice Posatery Burke, M.A., OTR, is Director of Training in Occupational Therapy, University Affiliated Program, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, California, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
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Research Article   |   September 1980
A Model of Human Occupation, Part 1. Conceptual Framework and Content
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1980, Vol. 34, 572-581. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.9.572
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1980, Vol. 34, 572-581. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.9.572
Abstract

This paper, the first of four, presents the structure and content of a model of occupation. The model is proposed as the first step in the development of a paradigm of occupation for the field of occupational therapy and is designed for application in practice and research. It draws upon the theory of open systems to build a structural framework. Concepts relevant to human occupation are integrated into this framework. Subsequent papers will add concepts to the model and demonstrate its application in clinical practice.