Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dana M. Howell

Second Advisor

Camille Skubik-Peplaski

Third Advisor

Melba G. Custer


There is a lack of qualitative research about the client perspective of specific chronic stroke interventions for motor recovery. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the experiences of adults with chronic stroke who have participated in occupation-based (OBP) or modified constraint-induced (MCIT) interventions as a part of a research study. Four participants were recruited through convenience sampling and interviewed about their participation in research. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed, and analyzed until themes emerged. Results showed participants engaged in the research interventions because of a desire to achieve a lost sense of ‘normalcy’ and perceptions of their outcomes were dependent on the type of intervention received (OBP or MCIT). Therapists can use knowledge of effective interventions, resiliency of clients, and their own therapeutic use of self to increase hope and motivation in recovery.