Title

Creating Home through Household Occupations: Whose Perspective Is Needed in Occupational Science?

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Jeanne Jackson
Diana Bailey

Start Time

16-10-2002 12:00 AM

End Time

18-10-2002 12:00 AM

Abstract

In this paper we will present the findings of a study entitled, “Creating Home through Household Occupations.” The purpose of this study was to uncover patterns of occupations used by lesbian couples to create a home. We examined the self perceptions of participants as they engage in household occupations, the decision making process that determine the division of household occupations, and the external and internal forces that impact their participation in occupation. Sixteen couples participated in two hour interviews which were audio-taped and transcribed according to conventional qualitative methods. A thematic analysis was used to interpret the data. Findings revealed four styles of household care including: fairness, nobody cleans like I do, it’s so much better with two, calming the storm. Our purpose in presenting the findings of this study is twofold. First, the information received will contribute to the knowledge base of occupational science. Specifically, it will shed new light on participation in household occupations in couples when no gender specific social expectations exist to guide the process. Secondly, we will posit this perspective on household occupations at the center of a discussion that will address whose voices and practices become part of the knowledge base of occupational science. In other words, whose lives are and are not represented in occupational science? Is it simple inevitable that some lives will not be represented? Are there advantages/disadvantages to deliberately seeking research projects that include diverse populations? Are occupational scientists aware of the rules inherent in the occupational science culture about research and publishing? These questions along with those that arise from the audience will be entertained.

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Creating Home through Household Occupations: Whose Perspective Is Needed in Occupational Science?

In this paper we will present the findings of a study entitled, “Creating Home through Household Occupations.” The purpose of this study was to uncover patterns of occupations used by lesbian couples to create a home. We examined the self perceptions of participants as they engage in household occupations, the decision making process that determine the division of household occupations, and the external and internal forces that impact their participation in occupation. Sixteen couples participated in two hour interviews which were audio-taped and transcribed according to conventional qualitative methods. A thematic analysis was used to interpret the data. Findings revealed four styles of household care including: fairness, nobody cleans like I do, it’s so much better with two, calming the storm. Our purpose in presenting the findings of this study is twofold. First, the information received will contribute to the knowledge base of occupational science. Specifically, it will shed new light on participation in household occupations in couples when no gender specific social expectations exist to guide the process. Secondly, we will posit this perspective on household occupations at the center of a discussion that will address whose voices and practices become part of the knowledge base of occupational science. In other words, whose lives are and are not represented in occupational science? Is it simple inevitable that some lives will not be represented? Are there advantages/disadvantages to deliberately seeking research projects that include diverse populations? Are occupational scientists aware of the rules inherent in the occupational science culture about research and publishing? These questions along with those that arise from the audience will be entertained.