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Objective. This qualitative life history was completed as part of a larger sample of 29 participants aimed to gather information about the history and evolution of occupational therapy practice in North Dakota and Wyoming through life histories of individuals who have been influential in developing occupational therapy in these two states and/or nationally.

Method. The participant was assigned by the project directors through purposive sampling. A semi-structured phone interview was conducted with the interviewer and two primary researchers. Data was coded and analyzed, which was then collapsed into categories, themes and a final assertion.

Results. The predominate categories representing the major elements to Stuart’s life history consist of: Roles, Education, Personal and Professional Development and Defining Occupational Therapy.

Conclusion. The findings indicate that Stuart’s roles within his family, penchant for public service and collaboration, and his interest and prior education in anthropology have allowed him to develop a personal approach to occupational therapy practice.

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occupational therapists, Social Aspect, collaborative models, team membership, social dynamics.


Occupational Therapy

Life History of Stuart Kuchel M.S., ORT/L