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Young people with psychiatric disabilities and their views of day centres

Gunnarsson, A. Birgitta and Eklund, Mona LU (2016) In Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy p.1-11
Abstract

Young people with psychiatric disabilities may require support in structuring their everyday life. To learn more about the relevance of day centres in this respect, this study aimed to examine the experiences of young people with psychiatric disabilities. A particular focus was on the perceptions of meaningful occupation when visiting day centres, their reasons for not choosing this option when given it and what they desired instead. A qualitative design based on individual interviews was used. Twelve women and eight men between 18 and 35 years, with a need for organized daily occupations, participated as informants. Qualitative content analysis revealed three categories: ‘Being in a context’, ‘Balancing between developing and... (More)

Young people with psychiatric disabilities may require support in structuring their everyday life. To learn more about the relevance of day centres in this respect, this study aimed to examine the experiences of young people with psychiatric disabilities. A particular focus was on the perceptions of meaningful occupation when visiting day centres, their reasons for not choosing this option when given it and what they desired instead. A qualitative design based on individual interviews was used. Twelve women and eight men between 18 and 35 years, with a need for organized daily occupations, participated as informants. Qualitative content analysis revealed three categories: ‘Being in a context’, ‘Balancing between developing and stagnating’, and ‘Longing for something more’. The findings indicated that the occupations were inherently age neutral, as were the possibilities for socializing. There was a desire for more activities in the community and more support for engaging in occupations that other young people did. A major issue in the accomplishment of this was the need to earn money, and the lack of opportunities for doing that in the day centre context was a considerable drawback. The findings highlight the importance of identifying young people’s views when designing day centres.

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Community-based psychiatry, interviews, occupations, qualitative design, rehabilitation, severe mental illness
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Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
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11 pages
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Taylor & Francis
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1103-8128
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10.1080/11038128.2016.1178327
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  author       = {Gunnarsson, A. Birgitta and Eklund, Mona},
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  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy},
  title        = {Young people with psychiatric disabilities and their views of day centres},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2016.1178327},
  year         = {2016},
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