Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Occupational Status

  • Karen Jacobs
  • Miranda Hellman
  • Jacqueline Markowitz
  • Ellen Wuest
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_904



Occupational status is the “collective term encompassing occupational performance components, occupational performance, and occupational role performance” (Jacobs & Jacobs, 2009).

Occupational performance components are “any subsystem that contributes to the performance of an occupation” (such as self-care, leisure, work, education, etc.) (Jacobs & Jacobs, 2009).

Occupational performance is “the act of doing and accomplishing a selected activity or occupation that results from the dynamic transaction among the client, the context, and the activity” (Jacobs & Jacobs, 2009).

Occupational role performance is the “rights, obligations, and expected behavior patterns associated with a particular set of activities or occupations, done on a regular basis, and associated with social cultural roles” (Hillman & Chapparo, 1995).

Overall, occupational status can be thought of as the various roles that a person identifies...

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References and Readings

  1. Hillman, A., & Chapparo, C. J. (1995). An investigation of occupational role performance in men over sixty years of age, following a stroke. Journal of Occupational Science, 2(3), 88–99.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Jacobs, K., & Jacobs, L. (2009). Quick reference dictionary for occupational therapy (5th ed.). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Jacobs
    • 1
  • Miranda Hellman
    • 2
  • Jacqueline Markowitz
    • 3
  • Ellen Wuest
    • 4
  1. 1.Occupational TherapyCollege of Health and Rehabilitation Science, Sargent College, Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Boston UniversityAllstonUSA
  4. 4.Boston UniversityAllstonUSA