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Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Therapy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Ruth Ramsey, Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California
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Occupational Therapy
Psychosocial dimensions of human performance are fundamental to all aspects of occupation and occupational therapy, with every client, and across all practice settings. Occupation is defined as “activities of everyday life, named, organized, and given meaning by individuals and a culture” (Law, Polatajko, Baptiste, & Townsend, 1977, p. 34). A key tenet of occupational therapy is that the loss of valued occupations may adversely affect an individual’s sense of self and agency in the world. An individual’s sense of self is influenced by the social, cultural, personal, psychological, and spiritual contexts in which these occupations occur (Kannenberg & Greene, 2003).

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Originally published as Ramsey, R. (2004). Psychosocial aspects of occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58(6), 669-672.
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Ruth Ramsey. "Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Therapy" American Journal of Occupational Therapy Vol. 58 Iss. 6 (2004) p. 669 - 672 ISSN: 0272-9490
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