Title

Tracking Life Course Trajectories Using the Self-Discovery Tapestry Intrument

Start Time

15-11-2002 1:15 PM

End Time

15-11-2002 2:30 PM

Abstract

The lifetime occupations of adults may be analyzed using a paper instrument developed as a tool to embody the principles of occupational science. Continuity and critical events theories, life span theories developed within the discipline of gerontology, guided the development of the instrument as well. The "Tapestry" is utilized in many occupational therapy and gerontology courses wherein students are studying life course development as well as with clients who have incurred impairments or changes in their status (e.g., widowhood or unemployment). The Self-Discovery Tapestry encourages individuals to indicate in color both continuous and discontinuous elements in their lives. The form also provides spaces to include future goals, career history, and personal interests and to list critical events indicated on the printed matrix. In many cases it is possible to trace the occupational careers of individuals as they move from childhood and adolescence to adulthood. Many of the participants demonstrate their occupational trajectories moving toward including more "authentic" aspects of their beings. Some of these changes are forced by life altering critical events that lead to new or adaptive occupations. Data on the kinds of critical events indicated by more than 500 students and older adults who have completed the "Tapestry" will be presented. Response data from participants indicates leading topics as death, divorce, household move. Older adults also include financial losses as among the most prevalent responses. The full range of response trends will be reported. The presentation will highlight how critical events disrupt planned occupational career trajectories. Adaptive strategies utilized by participants will be presented. Discussion is invited.

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Tracking Life Course Trajectories Using the Self-Discovery Tapestry Intrument

The lifetime occupations of adults may be analyzed using a paper instrument developed as a tool to embody the principles of occupational science. Continuity and critical events theories, life span theories developed within the discipline of gerontology, guided the development of the instrument as well. The "Tapestry" is utilized in many occupational therapy and gerontology courses wherein students are studying life course development as well as with clients who have incurred impairments or changes in their status (e.g., widowhood or unemployment). The Self-Discovery Tapestry encourages individuals to indicate in color both continuous and discontinuous elements in their lives. The form also provides spaces to include future goals, career history, and personal interests and to list critical events indicated on the printed matrix. In many cases it is possible to trace the occupational careers of individuals as they move from childhood and adolescence to adulthood. Many of the participants demonstrate their occupational trajectories moving toward including more "authentic" aspects of their beings. Some of these changes are forced by life altering critical events that lead to new or adaptive occupations. Data on the kinds of critical events indicated by more than 500 students and older adults who have completed the "Tapestry" will be presented. Response data from participants indicates leading topics as death, divorce, household move. Older adults also include financial losses as among the most prevalent responses. The full range of response trends will be reported. The presentation will highlight how critical events disrupt planned occupational career trajectories. Adaptive strategies utilized by participants will be presented. Discussion is invited.