Experiences of Occupational Value When Doing Creative Activities in a Mental Health Context

Bodil Winther Hansen, Christel Leufstadius, Helle Andrea Pedersen, Lene Lauge Berring, Lena Karin Erlandsson

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Everything a person does generates a unique experience of occupational value, and occupational values can in turn generate meaning in life. Doing creative activities positively influences subjective health and well-being. This article provides information about how and to what extent people diagnosed with mental illness experienced occupational value when participating in an intervention with creative activities. Thirty-three participants provided data within a mixed-methods design. Data were analyzed by quantitative non-parametric statistical methods and qualitative directed content analysis. Interventions with creative activities enable a high degree of experienced occupation value and are associated with all dimensions in the occupational value triad.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-402
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number4
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Occupational Therapy


  • Creative activities
  • mixed methods
  • occupational therapy
  • psychiatry
  • recovery


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