Catherine A. Trombly; Occupation: Purposefulness and Meaningfulness as Therapeutic Mechanisms. Am J Occup Ther 1995;49(10):960-972. doi: 10.5014/ajot.49.10.960.
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The model of occupational functioning leads the author to conceptualize occupation both as treatment end goal and as means to remediate impairments. In both dimensions, meaningfulness and purposefulness are key therapeutic qualities. Purposefulness is hypothesized to organize behavior and meaningfulness to motivate performance. These aspects of occupation need explication through research. Some questions that need to be answered include the following: How does purposefulness of occupation-as-end organize a person’s life? Does purposefulness of occupation-as-means organize particular behavioral responses? What effect does meaningfulness of occupation-as-end have on achievement of role performance? Does meaningfulness of occupation-as-means motivate perseverance and effort during therapy?
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