Title

A Study of Occupational Adaptation Through Narratives

Start Time

15-11-2002 1:15 PM

End Time

15-11-2002 2:30 PM

Abstract

This session focuses on the findings from a qualitative research study testing occupational therapy theory and developing theory about the relationship of adaptation and occupation to narrative. The researcher investigated three published memoirs of adults with acquired disability. The investigation focused on the internal process of adaptation defined by the Occupational Adaptation (OA) frame of reference (Schkade & Schultz, 1992; Schultz & Schkade, 1992) as a naturally occurring process. To date, no other frame or model has been subjected to an investigation of its concepts in the absence of occupational therapy intervention. After a brief presentation on the framework used for qualitative and narrative analysis, data will illustrate findings with examples that confirm that OA articulated a process of change critical to occupational performance and that adaptation preceded change in how the narrative was told. The session concludes with findings that suggest the significance of the study to the practice of occupational therapy, including questions to elicit stories of adaptation for use in evaluation, intervention, and research.

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Nov 15th, 1:15 PM Nov 15th, 2:30 PM

A Study of Occupational Adaptation Through Narratives

This session focuses on the findings from a qualitative research study testing occupational therapy theory and developing theory about the relationship of adaptation and occupation to narrative. The researcher investigated three published memoirs of adults with acquired disability. The investigation focused on the internal process of adaptation defined by the Occupational Adaptation (OA) frame of reference (Schkade & Schultz, 1992; Schultz & Schkade, 1992) as a naturally occurring process. To date, no other frame or model has been subjected to an investigation of its concepts in the absence of occupational therapy intervention. After a brief presentation on the framework used for qualitative and narrative analysis, data will illustrate findings with examples that confirm that OA articulated a process of change critical to occupational performance and that adaptation preceded change in how the narrative was told. The session concludes with findings that suggest the significance of the study to the practice of occupational therapy, including questions to elicit stories of adaptation for use in evaluation, intervention, and research.