Relationships between Occupational Factors and Health and Wellbeing in Individuals with Persistent Mental Illness Living in the Community

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Relationships between Occupational Factors and Health and Wellbeing in Individuals with Persistent Mental Illness Living in the Community
Author(s) Eklund, Mona ; Leufstadius, Christel
Date 2007
English abstract
This study aimed at identifying relationships between occupational factors and health and well-being among individuals with persistent mental illness. There were 103 subjects assessed in regards to time spent in different occupations, activity level, satisfaction with daily occupations, and experienced occupational value. The health-related variables were self-rated health, quality of life, self-esteem, sense of coherence, self-mastery, psychosocial functioning, and psychiatric symptoms. Subjective perceptions of occupational performance were consistently related to both self-rated and interviewer-rated aspects of health and functioning. While variables pertaining to actual doing showed weak or no associations with self-rated health-related variables, they exhibited moderate relationships to interviewer-rated health and functioning. The results indicated that the health-promoting ingredients in occupations were determined by the way occupations were perceived, rather than the doing per se. The findings indicate that perceived meaning and satisfaction ought to be prioritized when setting goals in occupational therapy practice, and, besides, that existing occupational therapy theory needs to be updated.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Daily occupations
Quality of life
Psychiatry
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Presented at the annual conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation, Albuquerque, USA, October 2007
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/5406 (link to this page)

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