Date of Award
Master of Science
Dr. Susan Meyers
Dr. JoAnne Wright
Dr. Michael Clark
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study explored how occupational therapy clients perceive the treatment they receive from male and female occupational therapists. The study was conducted in a qualitative manner. Occupational therapy supervisors who have supervised both female and male occupational therapists were interviewed to gain an initial understanding of the relevant issues. More structured interviews were then conducted with clients who have been treated by both a female and a male occupational therapist. Therapists and clients were also observed during four treatment sessions.
Analysis of the data collected through interviews revealed that supervisors and clients do notice some behavioral differences in male and female occupational therapists which may affect client satisfaction and outcome. Additionally, both groups of stakeholders identified gender related issues and concerns which affect therapists and clients. Few gender differences in treatment behaviors were noticed during observations of treatment sessions.
Jones, "Perceived Differences between Male and Female Occupational Therapists’ Treatment and Other Related Gender Issues" (1997). Master's Theses. 4703.