Poster Session
Issue Date: August 01, 2019
Published Online: November 15, 2019
Updated: November 26, 2019
Pilot Effectiveness of a Stress-Management Program for Sheltered Homeless Adults With Mental Illness: A Two-Group Controlled Study
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Article Information
Mental Health / Translational Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2019
Pilot Effectiveness of a Stress-Management Program for Sheltered Homeless Adults With Mental Illness: A Two-Group Controlled Study
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2019, Vol. 73, 7311520431. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO5034
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2019, Vol. 73, 7311520431. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO5034
Abstract

Date Presented 04/05/19

Homeless adults in temporary shelter have unique stressors that can exacerbate mental illness, including exposure to violence, drug use, and theft. This study demonstrated that a six-week occupation-based psychoeducation group effectively helped participants feel less perceived stress compared to matched pairs. Perceived quality of life, however, was not altered. This study provides preliminary evidence that OT services can be used as an adjunct to psychiatry and medication.

Primary Author and Speaker: Sharon Gutman

Additional Authors and Speakers: Sara Barnett, Lauren Fischman, Jamie Halpern, Genni Hester, Colleen Kerrisk, Travis McLaughlin, Ezgi Ozel, Haisu Wang