Occupational therapists' experience of working with immigrant clients in mental health care

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Occupational therapists' experience of working with immigrant clients in mental health care
Author(s) Pooremamali, Parvin ; Persson, Dennis ; Eklund, Mona
Date 2011
English abstract
Sweden’s cultural diversity generates considerable challenges for occupational therapists. The aim of this study was to explore experiences and perceptions of occupational therapists working with immigrant psychiatric clients from the Middle East region. The study included interviews with eight occupational therapists employed in mental health care and working in a variety of settings. The data collection and analysis were carried out in accordance with the grounded theory approach. One core category, “the challenges of the multicultural therapeutic journey—a journey on a winding road” was identified. The core category included three categories: dilemmas in clinical practice, feelings and thoughts, and building cultural bridges, in turn comprising sub-categories and components. The results showed that the many dilemmas influencing effective multicultural occupational therapy were cultural, societal, and professional in nature. The dilemmas influenced feelings and thoughts, in turn influencing both motivation for seeking cultural knowledge and choice of adequate strategies in which the multicultural therapeutic relationship could develop. The results imply that culturally congruent occupational therapy practice needs to be further developed and more research is needed on how cultural issues can be met in occupational therapy practice.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/11038121003649789 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Host/Issue Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy;2
Volume 18
ISSN 1103-8128
Pages 109-121
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Cultural diversity
culturally congruent occupational therapy
Middle Eastern immigrants
multicultural therapeutic relationship
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12512 (link to this page)

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