Measuring perceived meaningfulness in day centres for persons with mental illness

Ingeborg Nilsson, Elisabeth Argentzell, Mikael Sandlund, Christel Leufstadius, Mona Eklund

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Rationale: As support in leading a meaningful and active life, a person with mental illness is often given the opportunity to attend a day centre. However, few studies have investigated the meaningfulness perceived by the person visiting a day centre. For such a purpose, a self-report instrument was developed. Aims: To explore whether perceived meaningfulness, as expressed in the recently developed instrument Evaluation of Perceived Meaning in Day Centers (EPM-DC), could be viewed as one dimension and also to investigate the psychometric properties of this instrument. Methods: Persons with mental illness attending five day centres in Sweden participated and completed the questionnaire. The data were analysed by Rasch analysis. Major findings: The study showed that the concept captured in the instrument could be viewed as unidimensional and the result gave preliminary evidence for sound psychometric properties. Principal conclusion: The results indicate promising signs of validity and reliability, but the suitability of self-reporting may be questioned.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-320
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Occupational Therapy (Closed 2012) (013025000)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Occupational Therapy


  • community psychiatry
  • instrument development
  • Rasch analysis


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