Does the Role Checklist Measure Occupational Participation?
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Original versionBonsaksen, T., Meidert, U., Schuman, D., Kvarsnes, H., Haglund, L., Prior, S., ... & Scott, P. J. (2015). Does the Role Checklist Measure Occupational Participation?. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(3), 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1175
Background: Among the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments, the Role Checklist is one ofthe most established. In spite of its widespread use, no studies have examined role examples and theirassociation with the three embedded levels of doing, as established in the MOHO theory.Method: A cross-sectional survey of 293 respondents from the US, the UK, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, andNorway produced 7,182 role examples. The respondents completed Part I of the Role Checklist and providedexamples of each internalized role they performed. Responses were classified as occupational skill,occupational performance, or occupational participation.Results: Thirty-three percent of the examples were classified as examples of occupational participation,whereas 65% were classified as examples of occupational performance. Four roles linked mostly withoccupational participation, another four roles linked mostly with occupational performance, and the tworemaining roles were mixed between occupational participation and occupational performance.Discussion: The Role Checklist assesses a person’s involvement in internalized roles at the level of bothoccupational participation and occupational performance. There are differences among countries with regardto how roles are perceived and exemplified, and different roles relate differently to the occupationalperformance and occupational participation levels of doing. There are related implications for occupationaltherapists