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Meaningfulness in daily occupations among individuals with persistent mental illness
Department of Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Therapy and Gerontology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden & The Vårdal Institute, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5395-3484
Department of Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Therapy and Gerontology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5865-2632
Department of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Lund University, Lund, Sweden & Health and Society, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0136-3079
2008 (English)In: Journal of Occupational Science, ISSN 1442-7591, E-ISSN 2158-1576, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 27-35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated how people with persistent mental illness who work or study, attend a community‐based activity centre or have no regular activities, experience and describe the meaningfulness of their daily occupations. Data were gathered from 102 randomly selected individuals who were interviewed regarding their daily occupations and perceived meaningfulness using a ‘yesterday activity diary’. Content analysis revealed five main themes of meaningfulness: 1) Connection with others and the world around them, 2) Enjoyment and fun in life, 3) Being productive and having a sense of achievement, 4) Being occupied and having routines and projects in the stream of time and 5) Taking care of oneself to maintain health. Their connections, enjoyment and fun, and taking care of oneself were the aspects of meaningfulness that occurred most frequently. Participants who worked or studied more frequently identified connections, and made fewer statements about taking care of their health. The findings contribute to the knowledge of perceived meaningfulness in daily occupation, showing that despite different occupational structures and settings, all themes of meaningfulness were represented in the three groups. Thus, people with persistent mental illness create and find meaning within their daily occupations, although the occupations that generate these aspects of meaningfulness may differ. Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited

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Melbourne: Taylor & Francis, 2008. Vol. 15, no 1, p. 27-35
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Meaningful occupations, Psychiatric disability
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40284DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2008.9686604Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-42949172049OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-40284DiVA, id: diva2:1340714
Available from: 2019-08-06 Created: 2019-08-06 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved

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