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Exploring the meaning of occupation: The case for phenomenology

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posted on 2024-06-05, 07:13 authored by Kirk ReedKirk Reed, CS Hocking, LA Smythe
Background. Some authors are beginning to challenge current categorisations of occupation as self-care, productivity, and leisure in favour of categories that address meaning. However, the meaning of occupation receives relatively little attention in the literature. Purpose. To provide a synthesis of the contemporary literature that considers the meaning of occupation and to argue that phenomenological insights into the meaning of occupation might usefully inform occupational therapy research, theory, and practice. Key Issues. Meaning is a key aspect of occupation. Three phenomenological meanings of occupation uncovered by a study conducted in New Zealand—the call, Being-with and possibilities—provide a starting point for practice, research, and theory informed by understandings of the lived experience of occupation. Implications. Occupational therapy's theories would benefit from an evidence base that includes meaning, which in turn would lead to authentic occupational therapy practice.

History

Journal

Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Volume

78

Pagination

303-310

Location

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

ISSN

0008-4174

eISSN

1911-9828

Language

eng

Notes

Also published in French

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, CAOT Publications & SAGE Publications

Issue

5

Publisher

Sage Publications