Date Presented 04/05/19
Homeless adults in temporary shelter have unique stressors that can exacerbate mental illness, including exposure to violence, drug use, and theft. This study demonstrated that a six-week occupation-based psychoeducation group effectively helped participants feel less perceived stress compared to matched pairs. Perceived quality of life, however, was not altered. This study provides preliminary evidence that OT services can be used as an adjunct to psychiatry and medication.
Primary Author and Speaker: Sharon Gutman
Additional Authors and Speakers: Sara Barnett, Lauren Fischman, Jamie Halpern, Genni Hester, Colleen Kerrisk, Travis McLaughlin, Ezgi Ozel, Haisu Wang