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The Meaning of Occupational Gaps in Everyday Life in the First Year After Stroke
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Rehabilitation Medicine.
2010 (English)In: OTJR (Thorofare, N.J.), ISSN 1539-4492, E-ISSN 1938-2383, Vol. 30, no 4, 184-192 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This longitudinal study identified how occupational gaps were characterized in people's lived experiences of performing everyday occupations during the first year after stroke. Four participants were interviewed four times during the year after stroke. The data were collected and analyzed using the Empirical, Phenomenological, Psychological method. Five main characteristics were identified: (1) encountering occupational gaps in formerly taken-for-granted activities, (2) striving to narrow gaps in desired occupations, (3) recognizing oneself in doing, (4) searching for a new sense of self through doing, and (5) creating strategies to enable doing. The findings show the importance of being able to preserve some sense of self in everyday doings after a life course disruption caused by stroke. Important implications for clinical practice include sensitivity to clients' experiences during this process, enablement of experiences in occupations promoting recognition, and support of clients in recapturing desired occupations.

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2010. Vol. 30, no 4, 184-192 p.
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phenomenology, everyday occupations, psychological adaptation
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-133720DOI: 10.3928/15394492-20091123-01ISI: 000283455000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-133720DiVA: diva2:370956
Available from: 2010-11-18 Created: 2010-11-15 Last updated: 2016-02-26

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