Homeless veterans--Employment--United States; Homeless veterans--Services for--United States
The current occupational therapy research base related to individuals who are homeless is sparse, and few studies have identified the various needs of subgroups within the population. To provide appropriate interventions, treatment, and program development for homeless veterans, an understanding of their occupational performance, including impact of prior experiences, roles, and meaningful and valued activities is necessary. This study used qualitative methodology to explore the needs of a small number of male United States veterans in urban Western Washington who are currently or were previously homeless, in order to determine in what way the occupational therapy profession can best meet the needs of this client population. Two previously homeless veterans, an occupational therapist, and a social worker were interviewed. Themes derived from the responses of participants included the impact of decreased self-efficacy, the use of roles, and environmental supports and barriers. An increased understanding of the challenges, barriers, and supports that impact the lives of homeless veterans may provide occupational therapists with the knowledge to create appropriate and valid interventions to increase occupational performance.
Date of Completion
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
Date of Award
University of Puget Sound