Role engagement in individuals with schizophrenia residing at assisted living facilities

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Patricia Scott

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Susan Kaplan

Third Advisor's Name

Paulette Johnson

Date of Defense



The study investigated whether individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who completed a partial hospitalization program (PHP) while residing at an assisted living facility, engaged in more roles than individuals with schizophrenia who had never participated in a PHP. "Past," "present," and "future" role engagement was evaluated in both groups. Two hypotheses were pursued utilizing the Occupational Case Analysis Interview and Rating Scale (OCAIRS) and the Role Checklist. Frequencies, percentages, t-tests, and chi-square tests were used to analyze the data. No statistical differences were found in level of role engagement in the PHP group individuals as compared to the individuals not participating in the PHPs. The differences seen in role participation during involvement in the PHPs returned to pre-PHP levels up to twelve months after discharge, indicating the need for follow up services in order to sustain any gains made in the partial hospitalization programs.



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