Deborah Laliberte Rudman, Joanne Valiant Cook, Helene Polatajko; Understanding the Potential of Occupation: A Qualitative Exploration of Seniors’ Perspectives on Activity. Am J Occup Ther 1997;51(8):640–650. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.51.8.640
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This article presents the results of a qualitative study that explored the characteristics and potential of occupation. Semistructured interviews with 12 seniors who live in the community followed by member-checking groups were used to explore informants’ perspectives on the importance and role of occupation in their lives by asking them about their activities. Themes pertinent to the characterization of activity, the contributions of activity, and a condition allowing for the potential of activity emerged from the inductive analysis. These themes provide information about how occupation naturally functions in the lives of seniors and suggest a tentative conceptualization of the characteristics and potential of occupation. The findings have implications for research regarding occupation and for clinical practice aimed at enabling occupation.
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