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Disability pension and everyday life: a period of transition and subjective aspects of future occupational life
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm , Centre for Research and Development, Gävleborg.
2011 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 40, no 4, 375-384 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to explore and describe the everyday life experiences among people with a disability pension and their expectations for future occupational life.

PARTICIPANTS: A purposeful sample of 14 men and women were interviewed. Of these, ten people received full-time disability pension and four people were on partial disability pension while working part time.

METHODS AND RESULTS: A content analysis approach revealed three themes: strategies for handling a changed life situation, adaptations to remaining functional capacity, and expectations on future occupational life. Initially, leaving the work market entailed a period of emotional discomfort. To help handle this discomfort, structures for participation and performance came to signify a balanced everyday life.

CONCLUSIONS: The central conclusion drawn is that the informants with full-time disability pension reconciled themselves to their situation, changing their conception of what life on a disability pension means, while those informants who worked part-time saw their future role as that of worker. Thus, being employed constitutes one factor that promotes a future work career. Another factor related to work capacity is the need for balance between paid work and domestic work reported by disability pensioners working part-time. This area could serve as a point of departure for work rehabilitation.

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2011. Vol. 40, no 4, 375-384 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-169448DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2011-1249ISI: 000297864800005PubMedID: 22130055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-169448DiVA: diva2:506753
Available from: 2012-02-29 Created: 2012-02-29 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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