Title

Global Studies: Occupational Science and the Understanding of Immigration

Start Time

6-10-2006 12:50 PM

End Time

6-10-2006 1:55 PM

Abstract

This panel will present the process and significance of conducting research with immigrants using Occupational Science perspectives. While a number of disciplines have studied immigrants’ adaptation process, the use of occupational science perspectives in understanding the various aspects of daily life impacted by immigration is still in its infancy. There are few studies that give insight into the particular methodological, practical, and ethical challenges encountered when studying immigrants’ experiences. Given the increasing number of immigrants and refugees across the globe, it is essential that their context and experience be better understood through research processes that can respectfully capture the nuances of individual and shared experience, often within contexts in which participants feel unsafe and vulnerable. Panelist will discuss the methodological complexities and significance of research studies they have conducted with this population. Outline of Plan for the Session: As panelists who have been conducting research with immigrants for the past few years, each of us will use examples from our studies to illustrate the value of viewing the immigrants as “occupational beings” when trying to understand the impact of this major life transition on their everyday lives, health and well-being, and focusing on the rewards and challenges of the research process. We also will present our vision for the significance of such research not only for health professionals involved in the care of immigrants but also for other players at the system’s level.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Oct 6th, 12:50 PM Oct 6th, 1:55 PM

Global Studies: Occupational Science and the Understanding of Immigration

This panel will present the process and significance of conducting research with immigrants using Occupational Science perspectives. While a number of disciplines have studied immigrants’ adaptation process, the use of occupational science perspectives in understanding the various aspects of daily life impacted by immigration is still in its infancy. There are few studies that give insight into the particular methodological, practical, and ethical challenges encountered when studying immigrants’ experiences. Given the increasing number of immigrants and refugees across the globe, it is essential that their context and experience be better understood through research processes that can respectfully capture the nuances of individual and shared experience, often within contexts in which participants feel unsafe and vulnerable. Panelist will discuss the methodological complexities and significance of research studies they have conducted with this population. Outline of Plan for the Session: As panelists who have been conducting research with immigrants for the past few years, each of us will use examples from our studies to illustrate the value of viewing the immigrants as “occupational beings” when trying to understand the impact of this major life transition on their everyday lives, health and well-being, and focusing on the rewards and challenges of the research process. We also will present our vision for the significance of such research not only for health professionals involved in the care of immigrants but also for other players at the system’s level.