Date of Award
Critically Appraised Topic
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Gail Bass/Devon Olson Lambert
This critically appraised topic paper focuses on occupational therapy’s role and the interventions for improving the mental health of aviation students in higher education. Aviation students are higher education student pilots learning to become pilots within various roles. Stress and fatigue among students in higher education are prominent problems (Beiter, 2015; Kalmakis et al., 2021). The focus on aviation students for this critically appraised topic paper reveals the unique stressors relating to flight training that is added on top of the normal academic stress load that university students face (Robertson & Ruiz, 2010). Due to these stress factors, the mental health of aviation students is negatively impacted and can affect their role fulfillment as aviation students. Higher level education has been defined in this critically appraised topic paper as institutions providing study beyond the level of secondary education, such as colleges and universities, community colleges, and vocational and technical schools (National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, 2023).
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Schilke, Payton O.; Schoffstall, Olivia G.; Smith, Lexi K.; and Stimac, Gracie J., "Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy’s Role in Promotion of Role Fulfillment with Aviation Students in Higher Education who are Experiencing Mental Health Conditions" (2023). Critically Appraised Topics. 63.