Occupational science: A data-based american perspective

Doris Pierce, Karen Atler, Julie Baltisberger, Elaine Fehringer, Elizabeth Hunter, Somaya Malkawi, Twilla Parr

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The purpose of this research was to provide a data-based picture of the discipline of occupational science by identifying patterns of research in the first 5 years of presentations at the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA (SSO:USA). A grounded theory approach was used to examine 184 peer-reviewed presentation abstracts, from 2002 to 2006. Among the 108 data-based presentations, adults were the most studied group, with 46% of the data-based abstracts focused on participants with a disability or clear disadvantage. Presenters’ research foci related to 4 themes: the personal experience of occupation, the context surrounding or impacting occupation, changes associated with occupation, and a descriptive perspective of occupation. Implications for occupational science are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-215
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Occupational Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Change
  • Individualism
  • Occupational science
  • Occupational therapy
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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