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Occupational balance as used in occupational therapy: A concept analysis
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3594-4805
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare.
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 19, no 4, 322-327 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Occupational balance is a frequently used concept in occupational therapy, but it is complex and differences in content exist. Further knowledge would be valuable for scholars, practitioners, and measurement development. Concept analysis is a way to clarify concepts. The present concept analysis used Walker and Avant's procedure for analysing the concept of occupational balance, with 43 articles included in the analysis. The results showed that occupational balance can be defined as the individual's perception of having the right amount of occupations and the right variation between occupations. Three perspectives of occupational balance were identified: in relation to occupational areas, in relation to occupations with different characteristics, and in relation to time use. The knowledge gained may guide the use of the concept, and some suggestions are made for its use and for further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 19, no 4, 322-327 p.
Keyword [en]
concept analysis, concept development, occupational balance
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-14696DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2011.596219PubMedID: 21780985OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-14696DiVA: diva2:399984
Available from: 2011-02-24 Created: 2011-02-24 Last updated: 2015-10-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Conceptualizing life balance from an empirical and occupational therapy perspective
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conceptualizing life balance from an empirical and occupational therapy perspective
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Although it is an important concept in occupational therapy, there is a need for further knowledge about life balance. This thesis explores the concept oflife balance - how people think about it and how it is used in occupational therapy.

Aim: The overall aim of the present thesis was to conceptualize life balance from an empirical and occupational therapy perspective in order to contribute to knowledge regarding the use of the concept in occupational therapy. The specific aims were to:

  • explore the perceptions of life balance among working people who had not recently been on long-term sick leave
  • explore what is considered important for life balance and whether or not this differs between people
  • use perceptions of life balance data from men and women in a healthy population to validate the Model of Lifestyle Balance
  • clarify the content in the concept of occupational balance as used within published articles related to occupational therapy

Methods: In Study I, 19 participants were interviewed about their perceptions of lifebalance. In Study II, 32 participants sorted statements about life balance according to their importance. In Study III, data from Study I were reanalysed in relation to Matuska and Christiansen’s Model of Lifestyle Balance. In Study IV a concept analysis of occupational balance in occupational therapy was conducted, encompassing 43 articles.

Results: Life balance was shown to be a subjective, dynamic, health-related and multidimensional concept. Similarities and differences between what the participants consider to be important for their life balance were revealed. Occupational balance was, in the concept analysis, shown to be a subjectively defined perception of having the right amount and variation of occupations.

Conclusions: The results of the thesis indicate that life balance and occupational balance are two separate concepts. While life balance includes occupational balance, it goes beyond it and also includes other aspects. Future research is requried to investigate the generality of the findings. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, 2012. 72 p.
Series
Hälsohögskolans avhandlingsserie, ISSN 1654-3602 ; 25
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17220 (URN)
Public defence
2012-02-10, Forum Humanum, Barnarpsgatan 39, Jönköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-01-27 Created: 2012-01-18 Last updated: 2012-01-27Bibliographically approved

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