Occupational Performance in Individuals with Severe Mental Disorders: Assessment and Family Burden
2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
The overall aim of the present thesis was three-fold. The first was to study occupational performance in individuals with severe mental disorders and their experiences of occupational therapy, the second to study experienced burden of family caregivers and the third to test the validity and the homogeneity of assessment tools in this area. The samples consisted of individuals with severe mental disorders participating in organised occupations (n= 112), occupational therapy records (n=64), occupational therapists working in mental health care (n=7) and family caregivers of individuals with severe mental disorders (n=256). Data were collected by questionnaires, structured and narrative interviews, observations and occupational therapy records. Individuals with severe mental disorders reported problems related to leisure and work activities and the occupational therapists recorded problems concerning how to organise and structure occupational performance. Individuals functioning on a high cognitive level experienced problems related to work and productive activities. Participation in occupational therapy strengthened their confidence in their own ability. The “Experience of Occupational Performance Questionnaire” (EOPQ) was developed from data on the experiences of women participating in occupational therapy. A principal component analysis gave seven factors with acceptable homogeneity. There is a need for assessment tools to evaluate occupational therapy. The EOPQ represents an attempt to fulfil this need. Family caregivers experienced limitations of daily activities as a burden. The ability to perform daily activities was studied from three perspectives, the individuals’, the occupational therapists’, and the experienced burden of the family caregivers. These perspectives are complementary and thus necessary for planning and implementation of individually adapted occupational therapy as well as for the evaluation of outcomes.
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Uppsala: Uppsala University, Tryck & Medier , 2002. , 41 p.
, Comprehensive summaries of Uppsala Dissertations form the Faculty of Social Sciences, ISSN 0282-7492 ; 118
Mental disorders, occupational performance, activities in daily life, factor analysis.
Research subject Occupational therapy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-37423ISBN: 01-554-5432-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-37423DiVA: diva2:751914
2002-11-08, Uppsala, 13:00 (Swedish)
Bernspång, Birgitta, Professor
Carlsson, Marianne, ProfessorSidenvall, Birgitta, Professor
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