Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Meyers

Second Advisor

Dr. JoAnne Wright

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Clark

Access Setting

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.