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The Meaning of Occupations of Adolescent Girls Living in Rural Communities

Presenter Information

Linda Buxell

Start Time

31-10-2004 10:20 AM

End Time

31-10-2004 11:50 AM

Abstract

Limited information is available on the study of occupations of adolescent girls living in the rural setting. This paper presents the results of qualitative studies completed by a faculty member and graduate students in occupational therapy at the College of St. Catherine. This paper presents portions of a recent literature review regarding occupations of 13 - 18 year old adolescent girls living in the rural setting. Issues related to occupational choice, the use and development of skills and capabilities through participation in occupations, and how the community supports engagement in meaningful occupation will be explored. Results of qualitative interviews will be shared. Through qualitative methods, researcher investigators hope to gain the girls' perspective on their psychosocial well-being and meaningful existence as linked to their engagement in occupation within their respective communities. The research plan includes interviews of parent(s) and or guardian(s) of these adolescent girls to more fully understand the occupations and well-being of these girls. Qualitative research methodology will be discussed as a means of understanding the significance of occupational participation for adolescent girls living in rural communities. The studies seek to explore the meaning of participation in occupations of adolescent girls living in various rural communities of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The studies hope to access the subjective meaning of the occupations of these girls. Further developing the literature and the understanding of the human as an occupational being will contribute to the field of occupational therapy and the developing discipline of occupational science.

The elements of well-being, function, and meaningful existence related to engagement in occupations are some of the core areas of occupational therapy practice. There is a challenge to provide occupational therapy services to rural populations. Studying the occupations of adolescent girls living in their rural communities through qualitative interviewing with a focus on meaningful activity and well-being may support the need for a broad range of community and occupation based services.

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The Meaning of Occupations of Adolescent Girls Living in Rural Communities

Limited information is available on the study of occupations of adolescent girls living in the rural setting. This paper presents the results of qualitative studies completed by a faculty member and graduate students in occupational therapy at the College of St. Catherine. This paper presents portions of a recent literature review regarding occupations of 13 - 18 year old adolescent girls living in the rural setting. Issues related to occupational choice, the use and development of skills and capabilities through participation in occupations, and how the community supports engagement in meaningful occupation will be explored. Results of qualitative interviews will be shared. Through qualitative methods, researcher investigators hope to gain the girls' perspective on their psychosocial well-being and meaningful existence as linked to their engagement in occupation within their respective communities. The research plan includes interviews of parent(s) and or guardian(s) of these adolescent girls to more fully understand the occupations and well-being of these girls. Qualitative research methodology will be discussed as a means of understanding the significance of occupational participation for adolescent girls living in rural communities. The studies seek to explore the meaning of participation in occupations of adolescent girls living in various rural communities of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The studies hope to access the subjective meaning of the occupations of these girls. Further developing the literature and the understanding of the human as an occupational being will contribute to the field of occupational therapy and the developing discipline of occupational science.

The elements of well-being, function, and meaningful existence related to engagement in occupations are some of the core areas of occupational therapy practice. There is a challenge to provide occupational therapy services to rural populations. Studying the occupations of adolescent girls living in their rural communities through qualitative interviewing with a focus on meaningful activity and well-being may support the need for a broad range of community and occupation based services.