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Research Article  |   June 1998
Personal Projects: A Useful Approach to the Study of Occupation
Author Affiliations
  • Charles H. Christiansen, EdD, OTR, OT(C), FAOTA, is George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor and Dean, School of allied Health Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 301 University Avenue, Galveston, Texas 77555-1028
  • Brian R. Little, PhD, is Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Catherine Backman, MS, OT(C), is Senior Instructor, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and Doctoral Student, the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia, Canada
Article Information
Special Issue on Occupation-Centered Research
Research Article   |   June 1998
Personal Projects: A Useful Approach to the Study of Occupation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1998, Vol. 52, 439-446. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.6.439
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1998, Vol. 52, 439-446. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.6.439
Abstract

A comprehensive and useful understanding of human occupation requires research methods that capture its individual dimensions while permitting analyses within and across groups. In this article we describe the construct of personal projects and the research method of personal projects analysis. Both have their origins in studies of personality and have been used successfully to link individual traits and context-based, goal-directed behavior to well-being and other variables. The appropriateness and relevance of this approach for studies of occupation and occupational therapy are considered.