Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Sonia Zimmerman


Adolescent; Depressive Disorder; Occupational Therapy -- methods; Social Participation


Purpose: The purpose of this scholarly project is to present an intervention guide for occupational therapists working with children and adolescents diagnosed with or experiencing depressive disorders. This guide will focus on the occupation of social participation.

Methods: An extensive literature review of evidence-based journal articles addressed the definition of depressive disorders in both adults and children and adolescents, the impact symptoms have on occupations and daily functioning, current treatment approaches, and the role of occupational therapy.

Results: The product of this scholarly project is an occupational therapy intervention guide to promote social participation for children and adolescents diagnosed with or experiencing depressive disorders. Concepts from the Ecology of Human Performance model provide the foundation for this intervention guide. Reproducible handouts addressing social participation with peers, family, and within the community are provided.

Conclusion: Social participation is a key area of occupation that is affected by symptoms of depressive disorders. The intervention guide created for occupational therapists promotes child and adolescent social participation amongst peers and family, as well as within the community.