How Occupational Therapy Helps Encourage Occupational Performance

1672 Words Nov 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Occupations are intrinsic to human health and well-being. There are many factors that play a role in how, where, and why people engage in occupations. The occupations people engage in often emerge from environmental opportunities, cultures, and are ultimately shaped by the context in which they occur (Thompson & Kent, 2014). Environments can shape occupational participation and help provide appropriate services for clients to promote occupational performance. There is a direct correlation between a person and the environment (Beagan, 2015). The way a person’s life intertwines with the dimensions of culture and environment can be positive or negative, due to barriers or opportunities they are afforded. Occupational therapists work with people to address these barriers and help people overcome or adapt. This paper will discuss the importance of the interrelationship between the context, environment, and culture in terms of how these components affect a person’s occupations. It will also highlight how occupational therapy helps encourage occupational performance within these dimensions to promote quality of life and health in clients.
It is first important to define context, environment, and culture in order to relate them to their impact on occupations. Context is defined as the situational factors that influence what people do or how they behave (Christiansen & Townsend, 2010). Human occupations are directly affected by the context in which they occur (Thompson & Kent, 2014).…

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