Life Transitions From An Occupational Perspective
Authors: Joel Helland, Leah Kasinsky, Dr. Susan Forwell, & Katie Lee Bunting
Introduction. Life transitions have been well researched in occupation studies in the last twenty-years . Despite this, only recently has a definition and model of predictable life transition (Predictable Transitions from an Occupational Perspective or P-TOP) been developed that captures occupational implications . Purpose. To form an occupational understanding of the lived experiences of professional entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy students transitioning to practitioners. To use this sample population as a means to prospectively test the P-TOP. Methods. Participants from 2015, 2016, and 2017 graduating classes participated in cohort specific ninety-minute focus groups. Employing interpretive description, the data was coded according to thematic and interaction analysis. Themes gleaned from the data were systematically compared to the P-TOP to assess fit. Results. Findings offer novel insights into the occupational experience of students transitioning to practitioners; such findings will verify the core components of the P-TOP. Conclusion. This study adds to the breadth of research on life transitions from an occupational perspective, and substantiates the P-TOP as a theoretical framework to understand predictable life transitions unrelated to health within the occupation literature.
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