Routines and rituals: Opportunities for participation in family health

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Family routines and rituals offer the opportunity to fully participate in family health. "Family health" is defined as the ways in which the household, as a whole, engages in daily activities to promote the well-being of its members and is emotionally invested in the maintenance of health over time. Routines and rituals provide the settings for family health. Empirical support for the importance of routines and rituals is provided from studies aimed at examining medical adherence, mealtime interactions, and nighttime waking in children with chronic health conditions. Implications for practice and policy are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41S-49S
JournalOTJR Occupation, Participation and Health
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic illness
  • Daily activities
  • Pediatric asthma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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