Aspects of meaning in everyday occupations and its relationships to health-related factors

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)


The general aim of this thesis was to explore aspects of meaning connected with the performance of everyday occupations. Further, the aim was to investigate relationships between occupation, meaning, and health-related variables among adult and elderly subjects with and without chronic pain. Another aim was to develop appropriate methodology and theory for this research area. Due to the explorative aim of the thesis the overall design included a diversity of methodologies for data collection and analysis. The six studies, concerned: (i) exploration of play and flow experiences in an occupational therapy intervention group of five chronic pain participants performing creative craft occupations; (ii) relationships between occupational engagement and survival among elderly subjects, which had been followed during 25 years, from age 67 and forth; (iii) development of methodology for exploring experiences of everyday occupations and relationship to sense of coherence; (iiii) investigation of relationships between experiences of everyday occupation and different health-variables in subjects with and without chronic pain; (v) exploring experiences of meaning in everyday activities among 12 participants with chronic pain, using in-depth narrative interviews; and finally (vi) development of a conceptual model for analysing values and meaning of occupations, both in a life course perspective and in ongoing single occupations. In summary, this thesis contributes support to core occupational therapy assumptions concerning relationships between meaning and occupation and between psychological and self-rated health and general positive experience of occupation. New methodology and a conceptual model to be further explored in occupational therapy research were also suggested.


  • Dennis Persson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Occupational Therapy


  • Occupational therapy, Occupational Science, Multi-method design, Meaningful occupations, Health science, Flow theory, Chronic pain, Conceptual model, Creativity, Physical medicine, kinesitherapy, revalidation, rehabilitation, Rehabilitering (medicinsk och social)
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date2001 Dec 20
  • Division of Occupational Therapy, Box 157, 221 00 Lund, Sweden,
Print ISBNs91-974281-0-8
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2001-12-20 Time: 10:15 Place: Hörsalen, Palaestra. Universitetsplatsen, Lunds universitet External reviewer(s) Name: Borell, Lena Title: Professor Affiliation: Karolinska institutet, Stockholm --- 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)