The Meaning of Everyday Occupation

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-01-15
  • Publisher: Slack Incorporated

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The Meaning of Everyday Occupation, Second Edition is a text designed to bring the reader closer to the world of occupation. This new edition probes more deeply into the meanings of everyday occupation and offers opportunities to the reader for personal reflection about day-to-day occupational patterns.

The continuing emphasis of this Second Edition, by award-winning author Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD, is on everyday occupation as experience. The Meaning of Everyday Occupation motivates occupational therapists to think about how occupation is experienced in everyday life, to absorb the complexity of meanings imbedded in daily life, and to value the personal and social significance of everyday occupation in their own and their clients’ lives.

Chapters themes include:
• Space and place—sources of meaning in occupation
• Culture and occupation
• Occupation as a source of well-being and development
• Occupation and relationships
• Disability and occupation
• Occupation as a source of spirituality
• Creativity in occupation as a source of meaning

Throughout the Second Edition, the text focuses on the ways in which daily occupation contributes to meaning in our lives, providing a sound understanding of the daily routines and activities to which we so often give little attention. Emerging trends in occupational therapy are also examined, focusing on strengthened globalization, the movement toward populations and systems as clients, and the increasing emphasis on experiential definitions of occupation in education, practice and research.

Instructors in educational settings can visit www.efacultylounge.com for newly developed material to be used for teaching in the classroom.

The Meaning of Everyday Occupation, Second Edition is a unique and comprehensive text for the study of occupation and its implications for effective practice. Verbatim narratives from occupational therapists in practice and excerpts from the author’s life are integrated with theories of occupation and occupational science throughout the book, yielding a coherent, comprehensive and readable text on the importance of occupation to the quality of daily life.

Author Biography

Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD, OTR, FAOTA is an Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology/Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she served as program director for 10 years. Prior to her faculty appointment, she earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy, a master of science degree in physical education, and a doctor of philosophy degree at the University of Wisconsin. The hospital where she did much of her training and where she held her first position in occupational therapy is also the building where she was born, where her children were born, and where, ultimately, the academic program of occupational therapy was located during her faculty years. During her more than 40 years of active participation in the profession of occupational therapy, Dr. Hasselkus has focused her research, teaching, and practice on the everyday occupational experience of people in the community, with a special emphasis on family caregiving for older family members, physician–family caregiver relationships, meanings of everyday occupation to dementia daycare staff, and the meaning of doing occupational therapy. She was elected to the American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows in 1986 and to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research in 1999. Dr. Hasselkus was the invited Wilma West Lecturer at the University of Southern California in 2003, presenting a lecture entitled, "The Voice of Everyday Occupation." In 2005, she was awarded the AOTA Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award—the Association\u2019s highest award for scholarship—and subsequently gave the award lecture in 2006, "The World of Everyday Occupation: Real People, Real Lives." Dr. Hasselkus was editor of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy from 1998 to 2003. Her international reputation as a scholar has taken her to Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Wales, and Northern Ireland, where she has provided lectures and workshops on qualitative research methods, critical analysis, writing, and qualitative research opportunities in everyday occupation. Her scholarly career includes more than 90 publications in journals and texts.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Meaning: An Essential for Lifep. 1
Personal and Social Meaningsp. 4
Meaning and Performance in Lifep. 6
Aspects of Seeingp. 8
How Do We "Know" Meaning?p. 10
The Open Door Policyp. 14
Meaning in Everyday Occupationp. 19
Happiness Isp. 21
Occupation and Beingp. 25
Occupation and Becomingp. 29
Occupation and Belongingp. 32
Space and Place: Sources of Meaning in Occupationp. 39
Space and Place in Our Livesp. 41
Health and Well-Being Within Space and Placep. 42
Space and Therapyp. 43
From Space to Place in Therapyp. 44
Placelessnessp. 45
A Place to Call Homep. 46
Special Placesp. 51
A Geography of Healthp. 55
Culture and Occupation: The Experience of Similarity and Differencep. 61
Culture as Similarity and Differencep. 63
Cultivating the Similar in Our Livesp. 67
Cultivating Difference in Our Livesp. 70
Structuring the Similarities: Routines, Habits, and Ritualsp. 71
Disability as Differencep. 76
Occupation as a Source of Well-Being and Developmentp. 83
The Essence of Well-Beingp. 85
Occupation and Human Developmentp. 91
Occupation to the Endp. 96
Occupation as Meaningful Connectionp. 101
Relation and the Professionalp. 103
Relation and Well-Beingp. 106
Occupational Forms of Relationp. 109
Occupational Therapy and Connectednessp. 113
Disability and Occupationp. 123
The Faces of Disabilityp. 126
Occupation as Disability Experiencep. 129
Disability as Occupational Experiencep. 133
Being the Bridgep. 136
Occupation as a Source of Spiritualityp. 143
This Thing Called Spiritualityp. 145
Spiritual "Health"p. 146
Spirituality and Occupation: Compatible Partners?p. 148
Spirituality and Everyday Occupationp. 150
Spirituality and Occupational Therapyp. 154
The Space Withinp. 157
Creativity in Occupation as a Source of Meaningp. 163
Creativity From Without and Withinp. 166
Arising From Chaosp. 170
Creativity and Healthp. 172
To the Dancing Starp. 179
Occupation Speaks: Final Thoughtsp. 183
The Therapist and the Splintp. 186
Indexp. 189
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