Occupational participation of homeless people

Don Michael Bradley, Gayle Hersch, Timothy Reistetter, Kathlyn Reed

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    7 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    The purpose of the study was to investigate the occupational participation of homeless people regarding their roles, habits, and contexts. The specific aims of the study were to examine homeless people with regard to their: (a) volition; (b) recurrent patterns, that is, roles and habits, in their everyday lives; (c) capacity in occupational performance areas; and, (d) physical and social environments. The Occupational Circumstances Assessment Interview and Rating Scale Version 4.0 is a semi-structured interview that gathers information about a client concerning various aspects of their lives. The Occupational Circumstances Assessment Interview and Rating Scale Version 4.0 was administered to a convenience sample of 15 adult male participants recruited from a homeless shelter. The scoring of the Occupational Circumstances Assessment Interview and Rating Scale Version 4.0 revealed that only 13.33% of the participants indicated that they were able to facilitate participation in occupation. Fifty percent allowed participation in occupation while 28.89% inhibited participation in occupation. The remainder 7.78% restricted participation in occupation. The results of this study provide information concerning the occupational participation of homeless people. Homeless people may have difficulty facilitating participation in occupations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)26-35
    Number of pages10
    JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

    Keywords

    • Homelessness
    • Ocairs
    • Occupational participation
    • Occupational therapy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Applied Psychology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Occupational participation of homeless people'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this