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Occupational therapy and unemployment: exploration of lifestyle change

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dc.contributor.advisor Warren, Alison F
dc.contributor.author Farrell, Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-13T10:52:16Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-13T10:52:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3153
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Unemployment is a significant social issue in Ireland today with 14.2% of the population unemployed (CSO 2012). Occupational Therapists have the potential to collaborate with this population to promote well-being (AOTA 2009, Douthwaite 1994). This research study is one strand of a larger research project initiated by the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Limerick. The overall aim of the study was to evaluate an occupational therapy group intervention designed to assist people who are unemployed to stay healthy. The purpose of this research strand is to explore occupational change in participants post intervention. The methodology used for this research was a qualitative phenomenological approach through semi-structured interviews. The themes that emerged from the data include; taking ownership and initiating change, empowered with new skills and confidence, power of group influence and role adjustment. The results highlight the important role of Occupational Therapy in generating positive lifestyle change in unemployed populations. This research also demonstrates the potential for Occupational Therapists and other professionals worldwide who work with unemployed populations to initiate similar programmes. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject unemployment en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject occuptional therapy en_US
dc.title Occupational therapy and unemployment: exploration of lifestyle change en_US
dc.type Master thesis (Taught) en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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