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Occupational Therapists: is our Therapy truly Occupational or are we merely Filling Gaps?

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This article is concerned with role identity and its relationship to the professional thinking and action of occupational therapists. In this informed viewpoint, the notion that occupational therapists could be perceived as gap fillers is explored, based on empirical data that focused on the roles adopted and the guiding philosophies enacted by occupational therapists working in child and adolescent mental health.

Following the presentation of interview data from four occupational therapists, two cogent issues are presented and discussed. The first issue posits that a failure to ground practice in occupational philosophies contributes to perpetuating an incoherent role identity. The second issue discusses whether the recovery of an occupational paradigm in practice can liberate occupational therapists from role incoherence and enable them to reclaim their identity as therapists of occupation.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2000

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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