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Defining spirituality and giving meaning to occupation: the perspective of community-dwelling older adults with autonomy loss.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17458367     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: In the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance, meaningful occupation involves interaction between spirituality and environment. However little research exists on the process of giving meaning to occupation. PURPOSE: This study explored both meaningful occupation and the definition of spirituality from the perspective of community-dwelling older adults with autonomy loss. METHOD: Using a qualitative approach, grounded theory method of Glaser and Strauss (1967), eight cognitively intact persons were interviewed individually. RESULTS: The process of giving meaning to occupation involves an intrinsic link between identity and meaningful occupation, with identity being central to the person. Following autonomy loss, a process of adjusting identity, involving social, psychological and spiritual aspects, occurs over time. Spirituality is defined in terms of its close links to religion and belief in a benevolent greater power. IMPLICATIONS OF RESEARCH: This study contributes to the discussion of the concepts of spirituality, identity and meaning in occupational therapy.
Jennifer Griffith; Chantal D Caron; Johanne Desrosiers; Rachel Thibeault
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of occupational therapy. Revue canadienne d'ergothérapie     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0008-4174     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Occup Ther     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-26     Completed Date:  2007-05-08     Revised Date:  2008-02-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0406021     Medline TA:  Can J Occup Ther     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre de santé et services sociaux La Pommeraie, Cowansville, Quebec.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Aged, 80 and over
Cross-Sectional Studies
Interviews as Topic
Occupational Therapy / psychology*
Personal Autonomy*
Residence Characteristics
Social Identification*

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