Muslim Middle Eastern clients' reflections on their relationship with their occupational therapists in mental health care

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Muslim Middle Eastern clients' reflections on their relationship with their occupational therapists in mental health care
Author(s) Pooremamali, Parvin ; Eklund, Mona ; Östman, Margareta ; Persson, Dennis
Date 2012
English abstract
Persons with a Middle Eastern background represent a minority in Sweden which has significantly increased in size over recent years. The purpose of the present study was to explore the elements that shape the experiences and perceptions of clients with a Middle Eastern background living by Muslim norms who received occupational therapy in mental health care at the time of participating in the study. The study included interviews with 11 clients who received occupational therapy in mental health care. Data collection and analysis were carried out in accordance with the grounded theory approach. One core category, desiring a union, described the clients’ desire for an alliance with the therapists that encompassed the realities and truths embedded in their values, preferences, world-views, and belief systems, as well as a wish to reconstruct their abilities to function and perform daily life tasks within their cultural contexts. The core category included sub-categories: desiring relationship, desiring affiliation, and desiring affirmation as well as some related components. The overall findings showed a tentative model in which the notion of mahram affinity was embedded. The results demonstrated that the clients’ views regarding desiring a union had their support in collectivistic world-views that often clash with those of the therapists.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/11038128.2011.600328 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Host/Issue Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy;4
Volume 19
ISSN 1103-8128
Pages 328-40
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) culture
cultural diversity
occupational therapy
therapeutic relationship
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12504 (link to this page)

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