Occupational therapists’ views of nussbaum’s practical reason and affiliation capabilities

Tahmineh Mousavi, Susan Forwell, Shafik Dharamsi, Elizabeth Dean

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People with mental illness typically experience challenges which can be related to Nussbaum’s Central Human Functional Capabilities. This study explores occupational therapists’ views about their role in enhancing their clients’ capabilities related to Practical Reason and Affiliation. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 occupational therapists in Vancouver, Canada. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed thematically. Results indicated that occupational therapists see themselves as playing a role in enhancing the capabilities of people with mental illness with respect to Practical Reason and Affiliation Capabilities. This information suggests a role for Nussbaum’s framework in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


  • Affiliation capability
  • Central human functional capabilities
  • Practical reason capability


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