Re-creating self-identity and meaning through occupations during expected and unexpected transitions in life
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Original versionRaanaas RK, Lund A, Sveen US, Asbjørnslett MA. Re-creating self-identity and meaning through occupations during expected and unexpected transitions in life. Journal of Occupational Science. 2019;26(2):211-218 https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2019.1592011
The present study explores occupational engagement during expected and unexpected transitions in life, and how self-identity and meaning, situated in the context, is created and re-created through the daily occupations. We use case examples of children with disabilities, adults with acquired brain injury, older adults with stroke, and people with serious somatic illness who are undergoing rehabilitation. The cases are drawn from previous studies by each of the authors. In the present study, a secondary analysis of data was conducted based on an abductive approach and theories of self-identity and transaction, to illustrate how changes in everyday life occupations made sense. Three themes emerged that structure the discussion; Disruption of a former self, Pursuing normality, and Re-constructing daily occupations and routines. Our discussion illustrates how different life transitions can be demanding and how people, situated in the context, revise and create new meaning and self-identity through their occupations.