Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)


Occupational therapy; Motivation (Psychology); Goal (Psychology);


Occupational therapists often have clients who lack motivation to complete tasks and activities during the therapy program; however, motivation is often noted as being a necessary component to an efficient and effective road to recovery. Often, those who lack motivation do not have as successful of a recovery. While researchers know a lot about environmental factors that affect motivation, it is unknown as to whether specific demographics have an influence on motivation, or whether the use of a goal setting instrument might improve motivation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate level and type of motivation, and the use of goal setting instruments among people who are in or who have completed occupational therapy. Additionally, a small number of therapists participated providing information about their opinions about and experiences with goal setting instruments. The data suggests that clients experience identified regulation more than intrinsic motivation, external regulation, and amotivation; however, certain demographics correlate with higher levels of external regulation (length of treatment plan) and amotivation (clients with children). Clients also reported having positive perceptions of goal setting instruments. Finally, this research discusses limitations and ways to further the current research.

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Department of Psychology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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