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Family work in occupational therapy: a case study from a forensic service

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Despite the home environment being a major source of stress and relapse, mental health occupational therapists do not traditionally provide family work. Relapse is far more prevalent in environments with high expressed emotion and the goal of family work is to reduce expressed emotion. A case study describes and reflects on a family intervention led by occupational therapy. It found the occupational therapists well placed to provide family work because of their unique skills in environmental modification and behavioural management. The successful discharge of the service user to the home suggests that family work can be a valued activity for occupational therapists.


Document Type: Regular Paper

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802212X13311219571864

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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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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