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Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
This study measures the outcomes of occupational therapy intervention on stress and perceived occupational performance of parents receiving services from an emergency family homeless shelter. Three families each participated in three individualized intervention sessions with occupational therapy students. Researchers utilized a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest design using the Parenting Stress Index Short Form (PSI-SF) and the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). Results were analyzed using Friedman and ANOVA tests. Though generalizability is limited, parenting stress appeared to decrease and occupational performance and satisfaction appeared to increase from pre- to post-intervention. These changes were not statistically significant, but were clinically important as defined by the PSI-SF and COPM. Further research is needed to explore potential benefits of occupational therapy with this population, and impact of family-based intervention on parenting stress.
Ghattas, Gabriella; Kawsky, Sarah; Miller, Jaime; and Roy, Danielle, "The Outcomes of OT Interventions on the Stress Level of Parents Experiencing Homelessness and Receiving Services from an Emergency Housing Shelter" (2018). Community Based. 7.