Rangos School of Health Sciences
occupational therapy, juvenile justice, at-risk youth, evaluation, case study
Occupational therapy’s work with at-risk and adjudicated youth is a practice area currently possessing a limited base of evidence. One significant need in this body of literature is for examination of evidence-based evaluation practices. This project describes implementation and results of an evaluation protocol, Primary Occupations for Work and Employment Readiness (POWER), designed to elicit comprehensive occupational profiles from participants. POWER consists of five assessment tools, supplemented by clinical observations and program data. The assessments included are the Occupational Self-Assessment (OSA), Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MOHOST), Double OT (DOT), Kawa River Model, and Role Checklist Version 3 (RCV3). The data gathered from administration of the POWER assessment protocol has been analyzed and presented in this project as six occupational profile case studies, as well as discussion for continued strengthening of evidence-based practice in this area. Additionally, preliminary recommendations are discussed for future research into occupational therapy interventions and programming for the population of at-risk and adjudicated youth.
Catalano, A. (2017). Occupational Profiles of At-Risk Youth: A Multi-Case Study (, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/204