Motivation in Occupational Therapy
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Undergraduate honors thesis / Open Access
Motivation is a highly relevant topic in occupational therapy because elevated levels of motivation have been found to positively impact therapy outcomes. The research which examines motivation identifies multiple categories in which motivation is measured. Some researchers focus on locus of control, while others turn to self efficacy as an indicator of motivation. Lastly, treatment expectancy and mastery motivation have been examined within motivation to understand their impacts on therapy outcomes.¶ Most of the literature on motivation reveals the crucial role it plays on therapy outcomes. Motivational enhancements, such as motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement therapy, have also been found to improve therapy outcomes as a result of raised motivation levels. Other motivational qualities are suggested for occupational therapists to incorporate into their practice such as positive feedback and setting realistic goals for patients. Knowledge of these motivational techniques can further the success of well-delivered occupational therapy. Therefore, graduate school curricula should include more focus on crucial psychological concepts, especially motivational interventions, to allow the future of occupational therapy to continue growing and impacting many lives.
Miodownik, A. (2022, April 28). Motivation in Occupational Therapy. [Undergraduate honors thesis, Yeshiva University.]
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