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A case study of one individual’s life in the context of their unemployment and their engagement in a ‘work ready’ occupational therapy programme
Morgan, Victoria
Ireland is in the midst of a recession, with the unemployment rate at 14.7% (CSO 2012). The negative health implications of unemployment are well documented and wide ranging such as high levels of chronic disease, impaired mental health and less purposeful use of time (Scanlan 2011; Waddell and Burton 2006; Broom et al 2006). Occupational therapy values participation in meaningful activities which can play a key role in alleviating these effects (Scanlan 2011; Douthwaite 1994). The occupational therapy department in the University of Limerick facilitated a ‘work ready’ group programme. The goal of the programme was to improve wellbeing and occupational functioning for those who were unemployed. This research presents a case study of one individual’s life in the context of their unemployment and their engagement in the ‘work ready’ programme. Secondary analysis was conducted on the pre and post test data collected by the programme facilitators. The findings present how the programme facilitated a positive impact on health, increased satisfaction with occupational performance and a more positive approach towards unemployment for one participant. This research demonstrates the potential benefits that an occupational therapy focused unemployment intervention could provide to individuals who are unemployed. Further research is warranted to validate the benefits of occupational therapy interventions for the unemployed.
Keyword(s): occupational therapy; unemployment; occupational functioning; Ireland
Publication Date:
Type: Master thesis (taught)
Peer-Reviewed: No
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Publisher(s): University of Limerick
Supervisor(s): Robinson, Katie
Warren, Alison F
First Indexed: 2014-09-25 05:35:46 Last Updated: 2015-11-04 05:43:26