Social support provides motivation and ability to participate in occupation

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Social support provides motivation and ability to participate in occupation. / Isaksson, Gunilla; Lexell, Jan; Skaer, Lisa.

In: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2007, p. 23-30.

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T1 - Social support provides motivation and ability to participate in occupation

AU - Isaksson, Gunilla

AU - Lexell, Jan

AU - Skaer, Lisa

PY - 2007

Y1 - 2007

N2 - In this study, a qualitative perspective of how 13 women (aged 25 to 61 years) with spinal cord injury perceive the importance of social support for their participation in occupation is presented. The data were collected through repeated in-depth interviews and field notes, and the analysis used a grounded theory approach. The women needed both emotional and practical support, which was important in a time perspective and motivated them to participate in occupation. The women needed to receive support soon after the injury, but after a period of time they needed to give and receive support in a reciprocal fashion. Social support is therefore an effiective rehabilitation strategy that can motivate people with disabilities to participate in meaningful occupation. The importance of social support for a person's motivation and ability to participate in occupation expands our knowledge of the relationship between individuals, their social environment, and occupation.

AB - In this study, a qualitative perspective of how 13 women (aged 25 to 61 years) with spinal cord injury perceive the importance of social support for their participation in occupation is presented. The data were collected through repeated in-depth interviews and field notes, and the analysis used a grounded theory approach. The women needed both emotional and practical support, which was important in a time perspective and motivated them to participate in occupation. The women needed to receive support soon after the injury, but after a period of time they needed to give and receive support in a reciprocal fashion. Social support is therefore an effiective rehabilitation strategy that can motivate people with disabilities to participate in meaningful occupation. The importance of social support for a person's motivation and ability to participate in occupation expands our knowledge of the relationship between individuals, their social environment, and occupation.

KW - coping

KW - spinal cord injury

KW - women

KW - social environment

M3 - Article

VL - 27

SP - 23

EP - 30

JO - OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health

JF - OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health

SN - 1539-4492

IS - 1

ER -