Title

Poster Session - Impact of legalized same-sex marriage on occupational engagement and well-being: A pilot study

Location

New River Rooms A & B

Start Time

2-10-2015 8:00 PM

End Time

2-10-2015 9:00 PM

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative pilot study is to determine the impact of legalized same-sex marriage on occupational engagement and well-being utilizing a phenomenological approach. The question asked of the participant is: What is the impact of legalized same-sex marriage on your occupational engagement and well-being? This pilot study explores themes such as occupational participation and presence, health outcomes, occupational identity, occupational norms, and occupational rights, in an attempt to understand how these broad concepts correlate to legalized same-sex marriage and potentially influence occupational engagement and well-being. While many studies have found a correlation between opposite-sex marriage and positive health outcomes, no qualitative studies were found that analyzed legalized same-sex marriage and the impact that this societal institution has on the subjective experience of occupational engagement and well-being. This is an important area to explore, as occupational scientists believe that there is a direct correlation between occupational engagement, health, and well-being (Doble & Santha, 2008; Hammell, 2010; Reid, 2008; Wilcock, 2005).

Keywords: occupational engagement, same-sex marriage, well-being

References

Christiansen, C. H. (1999). Defining lives: Occupation as identity: an essay on competence, coherence, and the creation of meaning. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 53 (6), 547-558. doi: 10.5014/ajoct.53.6.547

Doble, S. E., & Santha, J. C. (2008). Occupational well-being: Rethinking occupational outcomes. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(3), 184-190. doi: 10.1177/000841740807500310

Hammell, K. W. (2008). Reflections on … well-being and occupational rights. Canadian Journal of Occupational Journal, 71(1), 61-64. doi: 10.2182/cjot.o7.007

Reid. D. (2008). Exploring the relationship between occupational presence, occupational engagement, and people's well‐being. Journal of Occupational Science, 15(1), 43-47. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2008.9686606

Wilcock, A. A. (2005). Occupational science: Bridging occupation and health. Journal of Occupational Science, 72(5), 5-12. doi: 10.1177/000841740507200105

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Poster Session - Impact of legalized same-sex marriage on occupational engagement and well-being: A pilot study

New River Rooms A & B

The purpose of this qualitative pilot study is to determine the impact of legalized same-sex marriage on occupational engagement and well-being utilizing a phenomenological approach. The question asked of the participant is: What is the impact of legalized same-sex marriage on your occupational engagement and well-being? This pilot study explores themes such as occupational participation and presence, health outcomes, occupational identity, occupational norms, and occupational rights, in an attempt to understand how these broad concepts correlate to legalized same-sex marriage and potentially influence occupational engagement and well-being. While many studies have found a correlation between opposite-sex marriage and positive health outcomes, no qualitative studies were found that analyzed legalized same-sex marriage and the impact that this societal institution has on the subjective experience of occupational engagement and well-being. This is an important area to explore, as occupational scientists believe that there is a direct correlation between occupational engagement, health, and well-being (Doble & Santha, 2008; Hammell, 2010; Reid, 2008; Wilcock, 2005).

Keywords: occupational engagement, same-sex marriage, well-being