Developing a descriptive framework for “occupational engagement”

Morris, Karen ORCID logo ORCID: and Cox, Diane ORCID logo ORCID: (2017) Developing a descriptive framework for “occupational engagement”. Journal of Occupational Science, 24 (2). pp. 152-164.

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“Occupational engagement” is a term often used within occupational science and occupational therapy literature. However, it has yet to be clearly and consistently described resulting in a lack of clarity in the use and definition of this term. This paper is derived from a larger piece of research, which used social constructionism to explore occupational engagement for five men living in a secure mental health unit from an occupational science perspective (Morris et al, 2016). This research required the development of a clear description of ‘occupational engagement’. Following an exploration and critical review of the literature, the process of developing a new description of ‘occupational engagement’ is outlined. Occupational engagement cannot be considered in isolation, so within this paper it is positioned within a descriptive framework of values and consequences. The development of the framework returned to the etymology of relevant terms, considering both the value of consequences of occupational experiences. This is the first published holistic description of this term as the framework fully acknowledges the negative as well as positive dimensions of occupation. The paper concludes with the implications of how this new framework could be useful to occupational science.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Occupational Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 2158-1576
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Rehabilitation
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Depositing User: Karen Morris
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 10:02
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 17:17


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