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Research Article  |   November 1980
A Model of Human Occupation, Part 3, Benign and Vicious Cycles
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  • Gary Kielhofner, M.A., Dr. P.H., OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
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Research Article   |   November 1980
A Model of Human Occupation, Part 3, Benign and Vicious Cycles
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1980, Vol. 34, 731-737. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.11.731
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1980, Vol. 34, 731-737. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.11.731
Abstract

Earlier papers in this series conceptualized occupation as an open system phenomenon, with change the central theme. This paper presents an explanation of adaptive and maladaptive changes in the concept of benign and vicious cycles. Hypothetical case material is used to illustrate how the model could be applied to an explanation of change in occupational behavior. The paper also outlines how the concept of benign and vicious cycles, as conceptualized in the present model, can guide clinical intervention.