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A narrative study: Exploration of arts and crafts as meaningful productivity in a middle-old adult who resides in an independent living facility


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

This qualitative study explored the meaningfulness of engagement in arts and crafts in one older adult who resides in an independent living facility. A narrative approach was used and one participant was purposefully selected for the study. Data was collected through the use of semi-structured interviews. Additional data sources included the participant's book of memories, artifacts, and photos. Analysis consisted of thorough readings of the data and the development of a chronology from the participant's stories and book of memories. Participant feedback and peer debriefing was elicited in order to insure validity of the researcher's findings. Consistent with narrative research, the researcher retold the participant's story within a structure of five life stages. Within each life stage, the participant's engagement in arts and crafts was explored. The researcher discussed conclusions regarding the meaningfulness of arts and crafts in each life stage of the participant's life. An application of the findings was made to occupational therapy practice and suggestions for further research were proposed.

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Subject
Gerontology;
Rehabilitation;
Therapy
Classification
0351: Gerontology
0382: Rehabilitation
0382: Therapy
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences
Title
A narrative study: Exploration of arts and crafts as meaningful productivity in a middle-old adult who resides in an independent living facility
Author
Thornburg, Sara E.
Number of pages
93
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0844
Source
MAI 46/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549324263
Advisor
Powell, Nancy
University/institution
Grand Valley State University
University location
United States -- Michigan
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1449407
ProQuest document ID
304731942
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304731942
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