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This capstone project, Enhancing Leisure Participation in an Inpatient Mental Health Setting, was completed by a Doctor of Occupational Therapy candidate at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Project objectives aimed to identify and address internal and external barriers related to leisure participation in inpatient mental health settings from an occupational therapy perspective. A literature review of leisure engagement demonstrates beneficial mental health outcomes in correlation with increased leisure engagement during inpatient mental health treatment. However, leisure is often an underutilized facet of mental health treatment. Additionally, individuals with mental health challenges present with individualistic barriers decreasing leisure engagement resulting in omission from these benefits. By identifying internal (client-related) and external (environment-related) barriers to leisure participation, enhancement of leisure engagement was targeted to enhance mental health outcomes in inpatient mental health settings. The findings of this project provided implications for current and future mental health treatment approaches for individuals with mental health challenges receiving inpatient treatment.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
occupational therapy, mental health, inpatient, leisure
Medical Subject Headings
Inpatients, Leisure Activities, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Qualitative Research, Humans
Leisure Studies | Mental and Social Health | Occupational Therapy
Aqil, J., & MacDermott, S. (2022, December 8). Enhancing Leisure Participation in an Inpatient Mental Health Setting. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2022/10
Poster presented at the Fall 2022 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences December 2-9, 2022.