Discussing the transformative functioning of occupation

Staffan Josephsson, Jacob Østergaard Madsen, Rebecca M. Aldrich,, Charles Christiansen

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Purpose/ aims: To discuss different contemporary understandings on the transformative functioning of occupation. Methods: The discussion is grounded in research consolidation comparing and combining results or other output from multiple previously conducted research and theory. Intent Argument: Based on our own research trajectories as well as on analysis of existing theory suggestions on how occupation is transformative will be presented juxtaposed and challenged. The discussions will draw on transactional perspectives based on such theoretical traditions as pragmatism- (John Dewey), Narrative - in – action (Ricoeur, Bruner and Mattingly) Personal construct theory (eg Kelly, Sarbin, Little and Baumeister) Intrinsic motivation theory (e g,White, Bandura, Deci & Ryan, etc), and Developmental theory (Piaget, Erikson, Baltes, etc), Importance to occupational science: Occupation is used in variety of programs and interventions: the underlying rational for this use is not always explicit and few well-developed theoretical notions exist to support this use. It is therefore relevant to encourage dialogue about the theoretical underpinnings for viewing occupation as a transformational phenomenon as well as sketching hypothesis on future development of theory on the transformative functioning of occupation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 16th Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA: Participation: People, Places & Performances - Seattle, United States
Duration: 19 Oct 201721 Oct 2017
Conference number: 16


ConferenceThe 16th Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • occupational therapy


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