Occupational performance: a case for self-determination

Ziviani, Jenny (2015) Occupational performance: a case for self-determination. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62 6: 393-400. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12250

Author Ziviani, Jenny
Title Occupational performance: a case for self-determination
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1630
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12250
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 62
Issue 6
Start page 393
End page 400
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The term, ‘self-determination’, implies that individuals have choice and control over aspects of their lives. Individual/family preferences and choices are now core aspects of Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme, underpinning the importance attributed to these concepts in relation to the fostering of wellbeing. As occupational therapists, in collaboration with our clients, we facilitate and enable occupational performance goals which are personally meaningful and self-endorsed. As such, our professional practice provides us with a powerful motivational tool by which we can harness individuals’ energies in the pursuit of their goals – occupation. Self-Determination Theory (SDT) is an influential theory of human motivation and is presented as a way of understanding the elements of our occupational therapy transactions, and the way in which we enact them so as to enhance client outcomes. In SDT, it is proposed that individuals engage in, pursue and persist with certain behaviours when three psychological needs are being met. These needs are for autonomy (engaging in behaviour that is self-endorsed), relatedness (feeling cared for and connected to others) and competence (feeling effective in one's environment). A focus on supporting satisfaction of these basic psychological needs, it will be argued, engenders therapeutic alliance and internalisation of goal pursuits, thus optimising therapy engagement and outcomes. Examples of practice approaches that attend to the psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness and competence will be presented. A case will be made for embedding SDT into our models of practice as a sound way of articulating how we practise.
Keyword Autonomy support
Goal directed
Therapy engagement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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