The experiences of women as occupational beings
Wells, G. 2018. The experiences of women as occupational beings.
All people are occupational beings with the right to engage in occupations that they want and need to do; the fulfilment of this right is referred to as occupational justice (Townsend and Wilcock 2014).
Occupational injustice occurs when people are restricted or prevented from engaging in the occupations of their choosing (Durocher et al 2014). Throughout their lives women are expected to fulfil certain roles and occupations because of their gender. This impacts upon the occupational choices that they are able to make and can result in them experiencing occupational injustice.
Drawing on the findings of a PhD study exploring the experience of living alone for 11 women aged 70 – 80 years, this presentation will demonstrate how the gender of a woman influences her experiences as an occupational being. Individual unstructured interviews and photo-elicitation with each of the women generated findings that captured the experiences of the women in their own words and images. This reflects the interpretive phenomenological and feminist philosophical and methodological approaches influencing the design of this study.
The findings provided evidence that the women had experienced occupational injustice earlier in life. However, once living alone in later life they described being able to do what they wanted, when they wanted to do it. Consequently they viewed living alone in later life as a mostly positive experience.
Gemma has recently completed her PhD in Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University where she is now employed as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy.
|Keywords||Later life; older women; occupational beings; occupational therapy; feminism|
|Conference||Royal College of Occupational Therapy Conference 2018|
|Funder||Canterbury Christ Church University PhD Scholarship|
|The Constance Owens (Liverpool) Award|
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|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||22 Aug 2018|
|Completed||13 Jun 2018|
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