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Experience of meaning in everyday occupations among unemployed people with severe mental illness
Lunds universitet, avd för arbetsterapi och gerontologi.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation.
Lunds universitet, avd för arbetsterapi och gerontologi.
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 49-58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background. Knowledge about how people with severe mental illness find meaning in non-work occupations is important in order to develop programmes of meaningful daily occupations for this group.

Purpose. To examine the meaning daily occupations may bring to those who are severely mentally ill and unemployed.

Methods. Twelve unemployed people with severe mental illness were interviewed regarding their experience of meaning in daily occupations.

Findings. Meaning was experienced in a balance between occupations that helped the informants control their mental illness. Themes of meaning were: feeling competent and being socially engaged, having routines and being productive, being creative and seeking knowledge, and taking care of body and mind. Substitutes for paid work were found in occupations such as taking care of the household or being productive at a day centre.

Implications. People with severe mental illness should be allowed to play an active role in their rehabilitation process, using the occupational therapist for forming daily routines, creating a balance between work-like and restful occupations, finding occupations that meet one’s skills and training social behaviour. Besides, work-related occupations should be emphasized in the rehabilitation.

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2012. Vol. 19, no 1, p. 49-58
Keywords [en]
occupational value, occupational meaning, mental health
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-9689DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2010.540038ISI: 000298295700008PubMedID: 21171830OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-9689DiVA, id: diva2:226912
Available from: 2010-01-22 Created: 2009-07-07 Last updated: 2018-09-14Bibliographically approved

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