Date of Award

4-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Department

Occupational Therapy

Abstract

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. African-American women make up a large portion of the obese population in the United States, however, the treatment techniques available have had limited success with this group. Although many health professionals are involved with the treatment of obesity, literature involving the value of occupational therapy with this population is limited. This mixed-methods case study identified the daily occupations, habits, and routines of a middle-class obese African-American woman. The participant was selected via a health care professional in the area of Grand Rapids, MI. The Occupational Questionnaire (OQ), Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MOHOST), and a follow-up interview were used to gather data. Quantitative data was analyzed utilizing SPSS and Excel computer software while qualitative data was analyzed using a notecard system. This analysis was conducted with the intention of identifying themes of occupations, habits, and routines that may contribute to her obesity. The findings of this study regarding uncovered themes in comparison to findings within the literature, as well as suggestions for future research and implications for occupational therapy as a profession were then discussed.

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