Date of Award


Document Status

Open Access

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Scott Truskowski


OBJECTIVE. The study's objective was to examine the perceived effects of occupational therapy services for families who have recently transitioned to permanent housing from a period of homelessness.

METHOD. The study used a qualitative research design. One family received occupational therapy interventions administered by occupational therapy student researchers. Exit interview was audio recorded and transcribed.Themes and codes were derived from the transcription.

RESULTS. Three themes and seven codes were identified, which encompassed the participants perception of the intervention. The themes were lifestyle transformation, mindset development, and client centered care. The codes were organization and planning, roles and routines, goal progression, mental health, assertiveness, other resources, and therapeutic relationship.

CONCLUSION. Recognition of the importance of organization and planning skills, roles and routines, goal progression, mental health, and therapeutic relationship allows for a positive lifestyle transition, mindset development and client-centered care for those who have recently experienced homelessness. This promotes successful participation in meaningful occupations to sustain independence while living within the community.

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