Occupational And Social Aspects Of Occupational Therapy And The Lives Of Every Day People

1656 Words Nov 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Context, environment and culture are all very important aspects in occupational therapy and in the lives of every day people. In order to be occupational beings and have the best possible quality of life, it is important to have a balance of these three elements. Environment, context, and culture can either hinder or facilitate both occupational performance and participation. The environment consists of both a physical aspect and a social aspect. Context refers to the specific conditions that surround a person. Culture refers to a person’s beliefs and values. Without the balance of these three factors, quality of life may be compromised. All of these pieces combine together to form a person’s occupational identity. Having an occupational identity is important because it influences the way people see themselves. Having a positive identity is important because it leads to positive occupational participation and performance and an increase in self-efficacy and autonomy. Occupational participation refers to the activities or tasks that a person engages in throughout their lives. Occupational performance refers to how well a person completes those activities and tasks of every day life. This paper will discuss the relationships between culture, context, environment and how having knowledge of these aspects can benefit occupational therapy services.
The relationship between context and environment is very important and can influence occupational participation in a variety of ways.…

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