Process over person?: Occupational therapy students' fieldwork experiences of people in psychiatric settings

Lyons M. (1996) Process over person?: Occupational therapy students' fieldwork experiences of people in psychiatric settings. Disability and Rehabilitation, 18 4: 197-204. doi:10.3109/09638289609166300


Author Lyons M.
Title Process over person?: Occupational therapy students' fieldwork experiences of people in psychiatric settings
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8288
Publication date 1996-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638289609166300
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 197
End page 204
Total pages 8
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 2742 Rehabilitation
3600 Health Professions
Abstract This paper explores influences of psychiatric service system processes on occupational therapy students' understanding of people with psychiatric disorders. The fieldwork experiences of 16 occupational therapy undergraduates in clinical settings were studied via in-depth interviews and participant observation. An important part of the students' understanding of people with psychiatric disorders arose from the manner in which the psychiatric service system and occupational therapists have structured their dealings with people as patients or clients. Students were influenced by system practices such as the classification of people as acute/chronic, and a heavy emphasis on quantitative performance indicators of services rendered; along with an occupational therapy process that may be excessively problem-oriented, at the expense of attending to other significant personal and environmental factors within patients'/clients' lives. Such circumstances are likely to undermine students' appreciation of the humanity and individuality of people using the psychiatric service system.
Keyword Attitudes
Occupational therapy students
Psychiatric disorders
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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