Value of life stories in occupation-based research

Alison Wicks, Gail Whiteford

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    Life stories are valuable resources in occupational therapy because they are personal interpretations of people's occupational participation throughout their life course. Life stories can be used as data in occupation-based research to understand the form, function and meaning of occupation at different stages of a person's life. As occupational therapy aims to enable people to participate in meaningful occupation, understandings gained from life-story analysis can be incorporated into the knowledge base of occupational therapy, to advance practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)86-91
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • Life stories
    • Occupation
    • Occupation-based research
    • Occupation-focused practice
    • Qualitative research


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