Using constructivist grounded theory to explore the experience of meaning in circle dance

Borges da Costa, Ana ORCID logo ORCID: and Cox, Diane ORCID logo ORCID: (2017) Using constructivist grounded theory to explore the experience of meaning in circle dance. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80 (S8). pp. 107-108.

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Circle dance, which derives from the tradition of folk dances, is a popular form of dance and is practised worldwide (Borges da Costa, 2012; Borges da Costa and Cox, 2016). This poster explores the process of applying constructivist grounded theory (Charmaz, 2006) to provide an understanding of the subjective occupational experience among people who engage in circle dance (central research question) and the potential contribution of this leisure occupation to well-being through the lens of occupational therapy and occupational science. From a methodological perspective, grounded theory can be seen as a suitable methodology to study, in depth, various occupations (Stanley and Cheek, 2003) and understanding of how occupations are enacted within daily life and the meanings behind individuals’ actions, considering the environment in which occupations take place (Nayar, 2011). In this study, 39 in-depth interviews with participants, teachers and coordinators of teacher training programmes from the circle dance network in the United Kingdom were undertaken following ethical approval. This poster will discuss the inherent analytical process of constructivist grounded theory which culminated in the development of major categories, representing the meanings and experiences of circle dance participants, teachers and training coordinators. From an occupational perspective, the findings of this study provide an in-depth exploration of how participants realise a sense of meaning, purpose and satisfaction through engagement in circle dance and the potential contribution of this occupation to well-being.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: SAGE Publications / College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 1477-6006
Departments: Professional Services > Research Office & Graduate School (ROGS)
Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Rehabilitation
Additional Information: Abstract from Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Annual Conference, Birmingham, 19-20 June 2017 (poster abstract: P104).
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 13:39
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 18:15


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