Ethnic Clients in Diversional Therapy Programmes

Mary T. Westbrook*, C. Margaret Skropeta, Varoe Legge

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A questionnaire survey of diversional therapists was conducted to examine their experiences with ethnic clients in diversional therapy programmes. The average therapist worked with the frail aged in a nursing home and had four ethnic clients, only one of whom spoke fluent English. Therapists experienced problems in communicating with clients and accommodating their needs. Ratings of ethnic clients' reactions to diversional therapy programmes indicated that they participated in and enjoyed 29 of 32 activities less than did other clients. While many therapists had introduced special activities and innovations, a tendency to deny the existence of ethnic clients' special needs could impede the development of ethnically sensitive diversional therapy programmes. 1991 Occupational Therapy Australia Limited

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • aged
  • cultural characteristics (sociology) (ethnicity)
  • diversional therapy
  • recreation therapy

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