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Meaning-making around experiences in interventions: Identifying meaningfulness in a group based occupational therapy intervention targeting older people
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). (Paths to healthy and active ageing (Phactum))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8758-5704
2018 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 38, no 9, p. 1887-1911Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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There is a need to understand the underlying mechanisms at work within health promotion and occupational therapy interventions. The aim of this article was, therefore, to explore and describe how the participants of a group-based occupational therapy intervention with positive health outcomes created meaning of and around their experiences of the intervention. The studied intervention was part of the evaluation of a single-blinded, exploratory randomised controlled trial of three different interventions. A total of 19 participants between 77 and 82 years of age with experiences from the group-based intervention were interviewed, and the transcribed interviews were analysed from a constructivist approach. The results showed five different perspectives of meaning, including enjoyment, usefulness, togetherness, respect for individuality and self-reflection. Based on our findings, we argue that the possibility of getting information, sharing with others and having fun, and the ability to adjust the activities in the intervention so that they met the individual's needs, created meaning for the participants. Moreover, meeting with others supported the participants’ perspectives of themselves. The results are discussed in relation to the pervasive discourse of successful ageing, including how it was present but also challenged within the participants’ accounts of the intervention.

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2018. Vol. 38, no 9, p. 1887-1911
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Occupational Therapy Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-132200DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X17000344ISI: 000441011200007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-132200DiVA, id: diva2:1078768
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, (Dnr 2013-2056Available from: 2017-03-06 Created: 2017-03-06 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved

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