Title

Meaningful events in daily occupations among individuals with persistent mental illness

Start Time

26-10-2007 10:45 AM

End Time

26-10-2007 11:45 AM

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate how people with persistent mental illness (PMI) representing three different occupational groups experience and describe the meaningfulness of their daily occupations. One hundred and two randomly selected individuals were interviewed regarding the occupations they performed during one day, and their perceived meaningfulness, using a “yesterday activity diary”. We found five main themes of meaningfulness: connection with others and the world around them; enjoyment and fun in life; being productive and having a sense of achievement; being occupied and having routines and projects in the stream of time and taking care of oneself to maintain health. Connection with others and the world around them was the theme of meaningfulness most frequently reported, and there were some differences concerning how frequently the different facets of meaningfulness occurred within the three groups. Due to the diversity of the facets of meaningfulness found in the present study of a fairly large sample of people representing different types of daily occupational structure, the results of this study provide an important contribution to the body knowledge within occupational science and occupational therapy. This knowledge and understanding of meaningfulness within daily occupations can be used by various professionals to assess and plan interventions together with patients/clients.

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Meaningful events in daily occupations among individuals with persistent mental illness

The purpose of this study was to investigate how people with persistent mental illness (PMI) representing three different occupational groups experience and describe the meaningfulness of their daily occupations. One hundred and two randomly selected individuals were interviewed regarding the occupations they performed during one day, and their perceived meaningfulness, using a “yesterday activity diary”. We found five main themes of meaningfulness: connection with others and the world around them; enjoyment and fun in life; being productive and having a sense of achievement; being occupied and having routines and projects in the stream of time and taking care of oneself to maintain health. Connection with others and the world around them was the theme of meaningfulness most frequently reported, and there were some differences concerning how frequently the different facets of meaningfulness occurred within the three groups. Due to the diversity of the facets of meaningfulness found in the present study of a fairly large sample of people representing different types of daily occupational structure, the results of this study provide an important contribution to the body knowledge within occupational science and occupational therapy. This knowledge and understanding of meaningfulness within daily occupations can be used by various professionals to assess and plan interventions together with patients/clients.