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Panel: Exploring the Intricacies of Family Occupation

Start Time

16-10-2002 12:00 AM

End Time

18-10-2002 12:00 AM

Abstract

Several contemporary therapy researchers have reently discussed the occupations of being a family and the occupations of mothering (DeGrace, 2003; Farber, 2000; Kellegrew, 1998; Larson, 2000; Llewellyn, 1994; Segal, 2000). However, there remains much to appreciate and study about the complexity of these co-occupations. During this session, the panelists will present information that has been gathered to expand the current knowledge base of the occupation of being a family and mothering. This panel will present the results of five qualitative research studies that explored the occupations of being a family and mothering. The panelists will share stories from families to illustrate how families and mothers experience and negotiate occupations. Additional topics will include assessing the quality of family participation and the role for occupational therapists in promoting a family’s engagement in meaningful occupation and its influence on health and well-being.

The panel will present current literature on family occupations, and discuss the similarities and differences between being and doing family occupations. Research will be shared on the following stories of family occupation: (a) families of children with severe autism (b) mothers of various socioeconomic levels; (c) mothering and aging; (d) mothers engaging in dual roles and (e) families experiencing acute illness.

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Panel: Exploring the Intricacies of Family Occupation

Several contemporary therapy researchers have reently discussed the occupations of being a family and the occupations of mothering (DeGrace, 2003; Farber, 2000; Kellegrew, 1998; Larson, 2000; Llewellyn, 1994; Segal, 2000). However, there remains much to appreciate and study about the complexity of these co-occupations. During this session, the panelists will present information that has been gathered to expand the current knowledge base of the occupation of being a family and mothering. This panel will present the results of five qualitative research studies that explored the occupations of being a family and mothering. The panelists will share stories from families to illustrate how families and mothers experience and negotiate occupations. Additional topics will include assessing the quality of family participation and the role for occupational therapists in promoting a family’s engagement in meaningful occupation and its influence on health and well-being.

The panel will present current literature on family occupations, and discuss the similarities and differences between being and doing family occupations. Research will be shared on the following stories of family occupation: (a) families of children with severe autism (b) mothers of various socioeconomic levels; (c) mothering and aging; (d) mothers engaging in dual roles and (e) families experiencing acute illness.