Facing challenges during occupation : Middle Eastern immigrants’ paths to occupational well-being in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Facing challenges during occupation : Middle Eastern immigrants’ paths to occupational well-being in Sweden
Author(s) Pooremamali, Parvin ; Persson, Dennis ; Östman, Margareta ; Eklund, Mona
Date 2013
English abstract
Occupational well-being is a central issue underpinning factors that constitute a good life. This study aimed to explore occupational well-being among Middle Eastern immigrants to Sweden, as reflected in the occupations performed in the context of psychosocial health care. Ten participants experiencing mental health issues, who received occupation-based rehabilitation, were inter- viewed. Grounded theory methods for data collection and analysis were employed. The core category, being empowered by getting support - a paradoxical pathway to occupational well-being, described the participants’ experiences of striving for empowerment and at the same time desiring support. The core category comprised the categories: striving for control, grasping the meaning in occupation, and striving for self-respect. The participants’ ambivalence in relation to empowerment and support reflected the realities and truths embedded in both collective and individualist cultural views, which influenced the ways they viewed themselves in relation to their occupational needs and occupational well-being. Moreover, findings indicated that oscillat- ing between different cultural views related to occupational needs might amplify or diminish the participants’ experiences of occupational well-being, depending on the type of support received.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2013.790667 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Journal of Occupational Science;
ISSN 1442-7591
Pages e-pub ahead of print
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Social inclusion
Migration
Empowerment
Culture
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17749 (link to this page)

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