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Occupational identity in occupational therapy: A concept analysis
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: The concept of occupational identity has become an important focus within occupational therapy garnering both recognition and inquiry. Despite the concept’s noted relevance to understanding the occupational nature of human beings, ambiguity regarding the identification and application of occupational identity exists. Aim: This analysis aimed to clarify the concept of occupational identity by examining its current use and application within occupational therapy. Material and methods: Walker and Avant’s method for concept analysis was utilized to clarify the concept of occupational identity. Results: Analysis resulted in three distinct categories of use: occupational identity construction, occupational identity discrepancy and occupational identity disruption described contextually in terms of the self being, the self being and doing, and the self being and doing with others. Conclusions: Findings validated the significant connection between occupation and identity through doing, being and future becoming. Also uncovered were considerable connections to belonging. Significance: Occupational identity encompassed complex connections comprising both individual and collective components. Personally meaningful expression and connection were of particular significance to occupational identity as discrepancies or disruption of meaningful connections had negative implications for occupational engagement. 

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2019. , p. 28
Keywords [en]
Occupation, occupational identity, Walker and Avant's method of concept analysis, meaning
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45357ISRN: JU-HHJ-ATA-2-20190146OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-45357DiVA, id: diva2:1337457
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HHJ, Occupational Therapy
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Available from: 2019-09-03 Created: 2019-07-15 Last updated: 2019-09-03Bibliographically approved

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