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Abelenda, J., Helfrich, C.A. (2003) Family resilience and mental illness: The role of occupational therapy, Occupational Therapy in Mental health, 19:1, 25-39.

This paper reviews literature from psychiatry and other fields related to working with family members and introduces a potential role for occupational therapists. Historical perspectives on persons with mental illness and the burden of caregiving and family resilience are presented. Two cases illustrate how principles for enhancing family resiliency are implemented under the theoretical framework of the model of human occupation. Each family engages in a process of change that permits occupational adaptation to living with a family member who has a mental illness. The role of the occupational therapist in working with families is discussed.

Keywords: Family caregiving; mental illness; model of human occupation; family resilience