Title

Subjective Experience and Temporality in College Students' Daily Occupations

Start Time

16-11-2002 8:15 AM

End Time

16-11-2002 9:45 AM

Abstract

While subjective experience of occupation has often been examined retrospectively, it is of great interest to occupational scientists to understand individuals' occupational experiences within the moments of everyday life. Subjective experience within a single occupation as well as the perceived temporality (subjective perception of time's passing) are of interest in understanding occupational experience. Using an "on the spot" prospective, Experience Sampling Method, this study examined the self-described experience and perceived temporality experienced by college students during everyday occupation. This research examined the relationship of qualities of the occupation such as involvement in the occupation (emotional & intellectual), the intensity and selection of focus during the occupation, the routineness/novelty of the occupation related to the person's skills, and the complexity of the occupation to the perceived experience and temporality of the occupation. Using an email pager, participants answered survey questions when paged (once approximately every 60-90 minutes for 16 hours of the day from 7:00am to 11:00pm in a semi-random fashion), ten times for 14 days. The survey consisted of questions requiring narrative responses which participants typed into the email pager and ratings of occupation qualities and dimensions on Iikert scales. Twenty-two participants each completed 22-140 surveys for a total of 2743 surveys. Data analysis used a person-oriented configura! frequency analysis to examine the expected frequencies of clusters of occupational qualities and temporalities (occupational types); and a narrative analysis of subjective experience of occupation related to temporal occupational types. Findings will describe the relationship of subjective experience, qualities of occupations and temporality of college students' daily occupations.

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Subjective Experience and Temporality in College Students' Daily Occupations

While subjective experience of occupation has often been examined retrospectively, it is of great interest to occupational scientists to understand individuals' occupational experiences within the moments of everyday life. Subjective experience within a single occupation as well as the perceived temporality (subjective perception of time's passing) are of interest in understanding occupational experience. Using an "on the spot" prospective, Experience Sampling Method, this study examined the self-described experience and perceived temporality experienced by college students during everyday occupation. This research examined the relationship of qualities of the occupation such as involvement in the occupation (emotional & intellectual), the intensity and selection of focus during the occupation, the routineness/novelty of the occupation related to the person's skills, and the complexity of the occupation to the perceived experience and temporality of the occupation. Using an email pager, participants answered survey questions when paged (once approximately every 60-90 minutes for 16 hours of the day from 7:00am to 11:00pm in a semi-random fashion), ten times for 14 days. The survey consisted of questions requiring narrative responses which participants typed into the email pager and ratings of occupation qualities and dimensions on Iikert scales. Twenty-two participants each completed 22-140 surveys for a total of 2743 surveys. Data analysis used a person-oriented configura! frequency analysis to examine the expected frequencies of clusters of occupational qualities and temporalities (occupational types); and a narrative analysis of subjective experience of occupation related to temporal occupational types. Findings will describe the relationship of subjective experience, qualities of occupations and temporality of college students' daily occupations.