An occupational therapy approach to the support of a young immigrant female’s mental health: A story of bicultural personal growth

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title An occupational therapy approach to the support of a young immigrant female’s mental health: A story of bicultural personal growth
Author(s) Pooremamali, Parvin ; Östman, Margareta ; Persson, Dennis ; Eklund, Mona
Date 2011
English abstract
Young immigrants who suffer from psychosis perceive their illness from the outlook of at least two cultures, which is often a source of confusion and misunderstanding for clients, their families, and clinicians. This article presents a case study with a narrative approach, aiming to illustrate how an occupational therapy intervention can highlight the role of culture and address bicultural identification in a young adult immigrant woman with mental health problems. The results show how a culturally adapted intervention model can be used to help the client go through a transition from an interdependent to a more independent self. During the course of occupational therapy, the client gained greater insight into her problems and could view herself as integrating numerous facets related to two different social and cultural contexts. Moreover, the client achieved better skills in dealing with discrepancies and cultural contradictions and became capable of relying on either or both of the cultures in different situations.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v6i3.7084 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher COACTION Publishing
Host/Issue International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being;3
Volume 6
ISSN 1748-2623
Pages 1-15
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12493 (link to this page)

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